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The Porchlight September/October 2022

Important Reminders for Our Residents

Friendly Reminder with red ribbon





  • Rent is due on the 1st
  • Late fees apply after the 10th; after the 5th for Reddick Street
  • Pest control services are the third Tuesday of every month

Happy Halloween Sign with Bats and Ghosts

Halloween is approaching and will be here before you know it! We want everyone to have a fun, safe holiday!

  • Parents, please remember to ensure children are celebrating safely and with adult supervision.
  • Drivers, please use extreme caution. There will be families out, enjoying Halloween and tick-or-treating! Please be respectful and watchful.

Trick or Treat - Kids in Costumes

FHA Office Closures


September 5th - Labor Day

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Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program

Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) is a program to assist the residents with budgeting & saving, establishing goals and plans to improve their livelihood, as well as assist with homeownership for qualified residents.

To get started:

Schedule an appointment with an FSS Coordinator: Click here to email Chris Ward or call 615-794-1247 ext. 213.

This program is available to the residents of Franklin Housing Authority. The program is voluntary, and the residents will be on a 5-year plan under the Contract of Participation. Participants may complete the FSS Program before the 5-year contract has expired.  During the FSS Program a participant, if eligible will establish an escrow account that may assist them with a down payment for a home or to be used for educational purposes. Participants do not have to be employed at time of enrolling into the program. To complete the program, participants will need to be employed and off of any welfare cash assistance before or by the end of the 5-year contract.

FSS Virtual Empowerment & Homeownership Workshop will be held, Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. via zoom.

FSS Virtual Program Coordination Committee (PCC) will be held Thursday, October 27th at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. via zoom.

FSS would like to thank Ashley Phillips, Director, Physician and Provider Relations of Pinewood Springs Mental Health & Wellness for facilitating our Mental Health Workshop this past Wednesday!  

Ashley Phillips Discussing Mental Health Awareness
We had a lot of great feedback on this discussion.

The objectives discussed in the workshop were:

  • What is Mental Health?
  • What are some of the most common mental health disorders?
  • What can you do to take care of your mental health?
  • How to discuss mental health topics?
  • What is mental wellness and its benefits?
  • Where can I go for help?

Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS)

The ROSS program utilizes a ROSS Service Coordinator to link public housing residents with supportive services, resident empowerment activities and assistance in becoming economically self-sufficient. The ROSS Service Coordinator assesses the needs of residents of FHA and coordinates available resources in the community to meet those needs. This program works to promote the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of assistance under the Public Housing program, with public and private resources, for supportive services and resident empowerment activities. These services enable participating families to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency or, in the case of elderly or disabled residents, help improve living conditions and enable residents to age-in-place.

Road signs pointing to Tips, Help, Guidance, Assistance, Support

To learn more about the Resident Opportunities and the Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Program, please contact John Davis at 615-794-1247 ext. 231.

To all residents please call 211 for social service, non-emergent assistance or 911 for health/safety emergencies!

The Future Is Ours (FOURS)

The Future is Ours (FOURS) Scholarship is designed to help fill the gaps that other awarded grants and scholarships may not cover toward a student's college education. The funds are available to be used during the time a student is enrolled in some form of higher education (2yr, 4yr or trade school). All students that successfully complete the program are granted a minimum of $1,000 per year of higher education and up to $5,000 per year. All high school students living within Franklin Housing Authority are eligible and must meet the criteria of being listed on the current lease, earn a minimum 295 cumulative points throughout their four years of high school, and must enroll and attend a U.S. post secondary institution directly after high school graduation.

Abstract Student with Book and Sunshine Overhead

If you have an upcoming freshman or high school student and would like to learn more about the Franklin Housing Collaborative Future is Ours Scholarship Program, please contact Chris Ward via email or call 615-794-1247 ext. 213.

On behalf of the FOURS Program, the FSS Coordinator would like to thank the FOURS participants that attended the college tours to Columbia State Community College and Fisk University this summer. 

We would also like to thank the participants that volunteered at the Big Back Pack Giveaway stuffing. 

Education Opportunities & Information

Begin Anew offers GED training, computer classes, and ELL. Class locations are held at 1350 West Main Street, Franklin, TN. Please call 615-977-8908 for the women's program or 615-687-0953 for men's program. For more information, please visit the Begin Anew's website at

Workforce Essentials offers High School Equivalency Diploma (Hi-set), computer classes, and ESL. Class location is 118 Seaboard Lane, Franklin, TN. For more information on their courses, please call Workforce Essentials at 615-790-3311 or visit their website at

Columbia State Community College is a 2-year college, located at 1228 Liberty Pike, Franklin, TN. For more information on courses, please contact their office at 615-790-4400 or visit their website at

Employment & Additional Training Opportunities

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Franklin Special School District (FSSD) - Career Opportunities. FSSD is currently hiring for the position of part-time cafeteria workers and full-time custodians.


Nashville Career Fair, September 8th, 9:30am, Hyatt Hotel, Way South, Nashville, TN 37203. Open positions include, but not limited to: Sales, retail, customer service, education, admissions, production, financial services, healthcare and more. Dress to impress and bring your updated resume! Click here for more information about the Nashville Career Fair.



Free CPR and First Aid Class, September 14th, 6PM, Thompson's Station Community Center, 1555 Thompson's Station Road West, Thompson's Station, TN. Free CPR and First Aid Class, open to all aged 10 and up. Great for a beginner to understand the basics or just a great refresher! Click here for more information on the free CPR & First Aid Class



The 3 Doors Job Search - Master the Modern Job Search, Online, via Zoom (date selection available on website). This training is for anyone that is searching for a new career opportunity - you will learn how to structure and optimize your job search to get maximum result. This is a FREE Online event. You will receive a link to the Zoom Video Webinar in your registration email confirmation. Click here for more information on The 3 Doors Down - Modern Job Search Online

FHA Social Services and Health Information

Important Healthcare Contact Numbers:

Educare Counseling Center-Alcohol & Drug Rehab Center Address: 382 Natchez Street, Franklin, TN Phone: 615-905-5182 Website:

Periscope Community Health Services-Mental & Behavioral Health Services Address: 167 Belle Forest Circle, Nashville, TN Phone: 901-500-2574 or 615-805-5300 Website:

Williamson County Health Department Address: 1324 W Main StreetFranklin, TN Phone: 615-794-1542 Website: www.williamsoncounty-tn.govhealthdepartment

Mercy Community Healthcare Address: 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin, TN Phone: 615-790-0567 Website:

Williamson County Medical Center Address: 4321 Carothers Pkwy, Franklin, TN Phone: 615-435-5000 Website:

Local Events and Activities

Male Runner in a race

Mercy Franklin Classic, September 5th, 2:00pm. The Mercy Franklin Classic will be a 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run and a 1K Kids' Run. The race begins in history Franklin Square with participants racing down Main Street to cheers from their friends, family and neighbors. Join us to participate in the event or to support your neighbors! Click here for more details on the Mercy Franklin Classic


Brown Puppy

CANINES & COFFEE, Saturday, September 10th, from 8am-10am. K9 Korral @ The Park at Harlinsdale Farm 331 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064 Enjoy coffee while your K9 companion enjoys a treat and free giveaways while supplies last.  



Group of pumpkins

Pumpkinfest, October 29th (Saturday before Halloween), 10:00am. Middle Tennessee's largest fall festival features arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, a free kids zone, circus performers, and extreme pumpkin carvers on America's favorite Main Street.


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