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The Porchlight January/February 2023

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

As we enter into the 2023 New Year, many of us have set goals. To be successful in accomplishing our goals we need to focus, discipline ourselves, and be accountable for our actions.

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

The primary goal when working with FSS participants is to establish and/or maintain employment, save money, budget, and increase credit scores. FSS also helps provide information regarding credit agencies, credit scores, banking, mortgage, realtors, Habitat for Humanity, and various agencies.  

Most FSS participants are working towards becoming a homeowner. Some participants are taking a career path and furthering their education by obtaining specific certificates or degrees for their skilled profession. 

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In our eight-month, one-hour workshops the FSS program offers residents opportunities to connect with community resources, professionals and other like-minded people that have their best interest at heart. This program is designed to provide you with information, training skills, techniques, and relationships that will assist you in becoming self-sufficient through education, employment and homeownership.

Below is the schedule for the 2023 Family Self Sufficiency Empowerment and Homeownership Workshops. You must be an FSS Participant to join.

January 17, 2023 Zoom Workshop 6:00pm -7:00pm
February 21, 2023 Zoom Workshop 6:00pm -7:00pm
March 21, 2023 Zoom Workshop 6:00pm -7:00pm
Saturday, April 15, 2023

Financial Literacy Fair/Workshop
10:00am - 12:00pm
FHA Community Center
100 Spring Street
Franklin, TN 

May 16, 2023 Zoom Workshop 6:00pm -7:00pm
August 15, 2023 Zoom Workshop 6:00pm -7:00pm
September 19, 2023 Zoom Workshop 6:00pm -7:00pm
October 17, 2023 Zoom Workshop 6:00pm -7:00pm

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 Scholarship Program

Do you have a high school student?

Upon high school graduation would your student be in the need of additional funds for higher education?

If you answered yes, to one or both questions above the Franklin Housing Collaborative Future is OURS Scholarship Program is for you!

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What is the Purpose of the FHC FOURS Scholarship Program?

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. 

Who is eligible?

  • All high school students graduating with a high school diploma living within the FHA, Park Street, Reddick Apartments are eligible.
  • The student must be listed on a current lease   
  • Earn minimum cumulative points throughout their four-year high school career.
  • Enroll in and attend a U.S. post-secondary institution directly after high school graduation.

If you would like to enroll in the FSS program or have a high school student in 9th - 12th grade that would like to participate in the FOURS Scholarship Program, contact Mrs. Chris Ward at 615-764-1247 ext. 213

FHA Office Closures

January 16, 2023 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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February 21, 2023 - President's Day
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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

FHA Social Services Health Information

Healthcare Spotlight

Find Hope Franklin is a community-based resource with a mission to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and create an environment where anyone can be empowered to ask for help.

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Important Healthcare Contact Information:

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

FindHopeFranklin - Bringing hope-and-help to neighbors with mental health needs

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

Williamson County Health Department
Address: 1324 W Main StreetFranklin, TN
Phone: 615-794-1542

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

Williamson County Medical Center
Address: 4321 Carothers Pkwy, Franklin, TN

Employment & Training Opportunities

Training and Job Search Assistance

The Job Hunting Accelerator Bootcamp - Land Your Dream Job
Free Online Event - all you need is wi-fi.
Saturday, Jan. 7th
10:00am - 1:00pm
Please click here for more information on the Free Online Job Acceleration Bootcamp

Goodwill Workforce Connection Centers - Free Job Search & Resume Help 
Click here to visit the Goodwill Workforce Connection Centers website for more information.

Goodwill Training & Supportive Services

Goodwill Talent Bridge - connecting workers with available job openings.
Click here to search Goodwill Talent Bridge for job opportunities.

Employment 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. Brentwood, 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.


Warehouse Worker/Handler. Spring Hill, TN. The Donation Express Attendant or Material Handler receives donations and ensures they're ready for shipment to all our different areas.


For more information regarding these and other available positions, please visit Goodwill Employment Opportunities - Franklin, TN.


Local Events & Activities

Senior Bingo, Tuesdays in February and March, 2:00pm-3:30pm. Eastern Flank Event Facility. 1368 Eastern Flank Circle. Free to play, but please call 615-794-2103 to register.

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