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The Porchlight November/December 2022

Important Reminders for Our Residents

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  • 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.

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program

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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.

The FSS Homeownership and Empowerment workshops will resume January 2023!

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.

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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 non-emergent assistance or 911 for emergencies!

FOURS Program

Future is OURS Scholarship Program

(Available to every high school student living in Franklin Housing Authority)

The purpose of this program is to help fill the financial 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 successfully completing the program are granted a minimum of $1,000 per year of higher education and up to $5,000 per year.  This program serves the Franklin Housing Authority student's enrolled in 9th to 12th grade.

Imagine Believe Achieve

Financial Aid (FAFSA) - 2023-2024 enrollment process has opened as of October 1, 2022. The earlier you file; the more grant money you are likely to receive (up to twice as much). Apply online at

TN Promise - enrollment opened up August 1, 2022, apply online at

If you have an upcoming freshman or a high school student and would like to learn more about the Franklin Housing Collaborative Future is OURS Scholarship Program, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Ward via email or 615-794-1247 ext. 213.

FHA Office Closures

November 11th - Veterans Day

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November 24th-25th - Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving with Pumpkin


December 26th - 30th - Christmas



January 2nd - New Years

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Employment & Additional Training Opportunities

Goodwill Retail Store Assistant Manager. Franklin, TN. The Assistant Manager works with the store leadership team and staff to execute store operational objectives as they relate to supporting the annual operating plan. He or she has responsibility for decision making in areas involving customers, team members, operational issues, business planning, priority setting, staff scheduling, team member


Goodwill Retail Store Associate. Franklin, TN. The Retail Store Associate will provide customer service to donors and customers in daily operations of the store in an effort to reach present sales goals. Properly prepare donated items for retail sale. Serving customers and donors is a priority. No experience required. No educational requirements.


Goodwill Retail Store Associate- Growth. Franklin, TN. Retail experience not required, training available. Must be able to participate in donation processing up to 40lbs. Able to operate cash register using basic math, reading and computer skills.



For more information regarding these and other available positions, please visit Find a Job - Goodwill Industries.

Education Opportunities & Information

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

Local Activities & Events

Family Day with heartsFamily Day, November 4, 2022, 10am-2pm.
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road. Includes a petting zoo, horse demonstrations, crafts, pony rides and more. Food trucks will be on site


Remember Our Veterans With Flag and Stripes

Franklin Veteran's Day Parade, November 11, 11am-12pm. The City of Franklin will honor all veterans at its Veterans' Day Parade. Please visit the City of Franklin Website at Veterans Day Parade ' Event List View ' City of Franklin, TN ( for more information.


Santa WavingFranklin Christmas Parade, December 3rd, 2pm-5pm. For more information on parade route, please visit

Green Christmas Treet with StarFranklin Christmas Tree Lighting in the Square, December 3rd, 6:00pm-8:30pm. 109 3rd Avenue, South. The city of Franklin is excited to light up the square Friday, December 2nd for the 2022 Christmas tree lighting.


Christmas Ornaments

Thompsons Station Holiday Market, December 3rd, 10am-3pm. Homestead Manor, 4683 Columbia Pike, Thompsons Station. Holiday Market featuring local artisans, crafters, small businesses and more!

Gingerbread Man Carrying Candy Cane

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt, December 8th and 9th, 5pm and 6pm. Eastern Flank Battlement Park, Easter Flank Circle. The grounds of Eastern Flank Battlefield Park are sprinkled with candy canes ready to be eaten. Bring your flashlight and help us hunt for the holiday treats! Kids decorate their treat bags before the hunt. Hot chocolate and cookies provided. Feel free to dawn a festive outfit for the event!

PRE-REGISTRATION & ENTRY FEE REQUIRED. This event is $5 per person (including adults) and limited to 100 participants. Registration begins November 8, 2022.  Registration can be done over the phone, 615-794-2103, or in person at Eastern Flank Event Facility.  


Scrooge and Tiny Tim

Dickens of a Christmas, December 10th, 10am - December 11, 5pm. 207 E. Main Street. The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN's largest outdoor Christmas festival. Please visit The Heritage Foundation's Website at 37th Annual Dickens of a Christmas 2022 ' Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN ( for more information.

FHA Social Services Health Information

For Holiday Assistance:

Graceworks Manger- Registration for the Manger will open November 1, 2022, apply online at

Graceworks Food Mobile- will be held on November 19, 2022 and December 10, 2022, 8-10 a.m. or until food runs out at Fairview Middle School, 7200 Cumberland, Drive, Fairview, TN


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:

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:

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