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The Porchlight March/April 2023

Important Reminders for Our Residents

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Important Reminders for Our Residents

  • 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

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

The primary goal is to find and/or maintain employment, save money, budget and increase credit scores. FSS also provides 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 certificates or degrees.

Goal Setting

This program is available to the residents of Franklin Housing Authority. The program is voluntary. 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.

To get started:

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

FSS Highlights:

Michelle Buchanan and Zhikki Johnson both accomplished major goals in their life!

Each of these women felt pursuing an educational path would allow them opportunities they needed to position themselves for success in their desired career.

Michelle Buchanan Michelle Buchanan attended Dervy University. Michelle graduated with a certificate in Medical Billing and Coding with honors. Michelle also graduated out of the FSS Program.
Zhikki Johnson Zhikki Johnson attended Fortis Institute and graduated from the Medical Assistant Program.

Both women are part of the Family Self Sufficiency program. We are so proud of their determination, focus and success accomplishing these important milestones in their lives!

Congratulations! Job well done you two!!!

FSS Events:

Empowerment and Homeownership for FSS Participants
Tuesday, March 21st at 6 p.m. via zoom.

Medical Dental Event
Saturday, March 25th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
FHA Community Center, 100 Spring Street, Franklin, TN
Medical Screenings provided by Mercy Community Health. First come, first served.

Homebuyer101 Workshop and Banking Information Fair 
Saturday, April 15th, 10:00am - 12:00 pm
FHA Community Center, 100 Spring Street, Franklin, TN
Residents and Community are welcome.

FHA Office Closures

April 7th - Good Friday

Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS)

The ROSS Program utilizes a ROSS 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 FHA residents 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 empowering 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.

ROSS Guidance Assistance Support Puzzle





To Learn more about the Resident Opportunities and the Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Program, please click here to email John Davis or call 615-794-1247, ext. 231.

To all residents, please call 211 for non-emergent assistance or 911 for emergencies!


FHC FOURS Program - The Future is OURS Scholarship Program

The Purpose of the FHC Fours Scholarship Program is to help fill the financial gapes 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?

  • High School students graduating with a high school diploma and living within the FHA, Park Street and Reddick Apartments.
    • 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

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If you are in the FSS Program and would like to enroll in the FOURS Program or have a high school student in 9th through 12th grade that would like to participate in the FOURS Scholarship Program, please click here to email Chris Ward or call 615-794-1247, ext. 213.

Upcoming FOURS Scholarship Program Events:

Wednesday, March 15th - Cadence Banking Tour and Workshop
FOURS Scholarship Participants will be touring the Cadence Banking tour and Financial Workshop 

Educational Opportunities

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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

Job Openings Post It


Culvers, 3400 Mallory Lane, Franklin, TN - Full-time and Part-time positions available

Salary $15-$20/hour (Health Insurance / Employee Discount / Tuition Reimbursement / Referral Program)

Culvers of Franklin is hiring crew members. Must be willing to work at least 25 hours per week. Overtime is usually allowed if desired.


Plant Partners, Inc., Brentwood, TN - Part time/Seasonal Merchandiser Plant Partners, Inc. is hiring a seasonal/part-time Merchandiser. The Merchandiser will be responsible for keeping live plant products organized in attractive and easily shoppable displays. We provide on the job training. Please click here to visit their website and apply.


The Home Depot, Franklin, TN  - Overnight Stocker Healthcare Options / Profit-Sharing Bonuses / Tuition Reimbursement / Discounts on Cell Phones, Gym and more Associates in Freight/Receiving positions ensure the store is stocked and ready for business every day. They load and unload trucks, move material from the receiving area through the store, may operate forklifts and may perform critical functions for maintaining proper on-hands and pricing for our customers. For more information, please click here. Freight/Receiving - Franklin, TN ' Jobs at The Home Depot.


Additional career opportunities at The Home Depot can be found by clicking here The Home Depot Careers.

Local Activities & Events

Senior Bingo (Tuesdays, March 2023   2pm - 3:30pm) Eastern Flank Event Facility, 1368 Eastern Flank Circle Join us to play bingo for prizes! Light refreshments provided. Free to play, but please call 615-794-2103 to register.

Kids Art Festival (Saturday, March 25th   10am - 2pm) Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin, TN)
This is a one-day festival that will inspire and engage youth in Tennessee to celebrate and experience the arts. The festival will include stage performances, art stops and art exhibits. For more information, please visit Kids Arts Festival of Tennessee (

Shred Event, Franklin
801 Crescent Centre Drive, Franklin, TN

The Lighthouse Wealth Group is hosting a free shred event. You can bring 5 boxes or bags of personal belongings to shred for free by an organization that is NAID AAA Certified for mobile offsite destruction services so you can remain confident your information will remain secure. For more information, please visit Shred Event, Franklin, Lighthouse Wealth Group

Arbor Day Celebration (Saturday, April 29th   10am - 12pm) Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road
The City of Franklin Parks Department along with the Franklin Tree Commission invite you to celebrate Arbor Day with us. Please join us for fun kids' activities, live demonstrations, free tree saplings, a photo booth and more.