Over the past few months the shelter, which once helped around a dozen transgender people, has bulged to offer food to more than 70, supported by local donations.
The few rooms it offers were quickly filled, with some sleeping on the floor to maximize space.
Make-up artist Nadeem Kashish, who founded the shelter, has had to turn many people away. On the street outside, dozens pushed out of work beg passers-by for food.
“I can see that the problems will increase in the future, it’s not going to end, the uncertainty has created mental and physiological problems,” Kashish said, questioning whether the dancers will be able to regain the financial freedom they once had.
Dancing is a way of avoiding a life of begging or sex work for many in the marginalised transgender community, believed to number hundreds of thousands in Pakistan according to studies by non-profit groups and development organisations.
Fear of contracting the virus has caused many sex workers to stop offering services, pushing them further into poverty.