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The Porchlight May/June 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

Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) is a program to assist the residents 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. 

FSS believes for individuals to be successful accomplishing goals, there needs to be focus, discipline, and accountability for actions.

FSS offers eight monthly one hour workshops in 2023. 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. These workshops provide opportunities to connect with community resources, professionals and other like-minded people that have their best interest at heart.

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.

2023 Family Self Sufficiency Empowerment Workshop Dates

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 (6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) via zoom
Tuesday, August 15, 2023 (6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) via zoom
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 (6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) via zoom
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 (6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) via zoom

Family Self-Sufficiency Highlights

Franklin Special School District (FSSD) is offering voluntary Pre-K.Voluntary Pre-K is a state-funded program for families who meet income qualifying guidelines.

Children who were born on or between August 16, 2018 and August 15, 2019 are eligible to apply.

Consideration will also be given for children born on or before October 15, 2019.

Classes meet Monday-Friday, 8:00 - 2:00, in FSSD schools.

Parents provide transportation.


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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!

The Franklin Housing Collaborative The Future is OURS (FOURS) Scholarship Program

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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!



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.

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. 

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

FHA Office Closures

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Memorial Day
May 29th

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June 19th

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


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Whole Foods Market, Franklin, TN
Whole Foods Market is hiring full-time, part-time and seasonal workers for several positions. No experience required.
Express Employment Services, Franklin, TN
Express Employment Services is hiring laborers, starting at $17.50/hr.
Duties Include: Mulching, Landscaping and Hardscaping.
Must be able to lift 50lbs.

Local Events and Activities

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Franklin Art Scene - Art Crawl
Friday, May 5th, 6PM - 9PM
New Highland House of Historic Downtown Franklin

314 Bel Aire Drive, Franklin, TN
Click here for more information.

Franklin Rodeo Parade
Sunday, May 14th, 12PM -2PM
207 East Main Street, Franklin, TN
Click here for more information.

Charlottes Webb (A Play)
Franklin Theater
May 14th, 7PM 
419 Main Street, Franklin, TN
Click here for more information and tickets.

Kids Day - Pinkerton Park
405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin, TN
Wednesday, May 31st, 9AM - 11AM
Kick off Summer Break with fun and games and light refreshments provided.
Click here for more information.

Friday, June 16th, 6 - 10pm
The Factory at Franklin
230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN
Join the Franklin Equity and Justice Coalition for the 2023 Sneaker Gala, "Party with a Purpose!!"
Click here for more information.