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The Porchlight July/August

Important Reminders for Residents

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 - Rent is due on the 1st

 - Late fees apply after the 10th, 5th for Reddick Street

 - Detainer warrants will be filed on   
   current month balances

 - Pest control services are the 3rd         
   Tuesday of every month

Please call 211 for non-emergent assistance or 911 for emergencies.


Summer Safety

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During our summer months, more children will be outside, enjoying their summer break. Please remember to slow down and be vigilant while driving.

Parents, please remind children to stay in the grass areas and sidewalks. It's important they are reminded not to play in the streets.

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

FHA Office Closures

Tuesday, July 4th
Independence Day

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Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program

Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) assists 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.

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2023 Family Self Sufficiency Empowerment Workshop Dates

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


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.

Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Program

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 or email John by clicking here..

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 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 or email Chris by clicking here.

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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Academy Sports, Franklin, TN - is hiring s Store Team Member. Please click here for more information on this position or apply.

Advance Auto-Parts, Franklin, TN - is hiring a Customer Service Representative. Includes $500 sign-on bonus.Please click here for more information or to apply.

AMC (American Multi-Cinema, Inc.) is hiring crew members. Pay starts at $13/hour.Please click here for more information or to apply.

The Cracker Barrel, Franklin, TN - is hiring a host/hostess. As a Host and Hospitality Expert, you'll welcome our guests into the store with a smile and call their name when it's time to eat!Please click here to learn more about the position or apply.

The Home Depot, Franklin, TN - is hiring Merchandising Execution Associates (MEAs). MEAs ensure products are stocked and properly merchandised. Please click here for more information or to apply.

Papa Johns, Franklin, TN - is hiring a Restaurant Team Member. Please click here for more information or to apply.

Sam's Club, Franklin, TN - is hiring a meat cutter/wrapper. Please click here for more information or to apply.

Target, Franklin, TN - is hiring a Guest Advocate (Cashier or Front of Store Attendant/Shopping Cart Attendant). Please click here for more information or to apply.

Toyota, Cool Springs, TN - is hiring a Receptionist/Front Desk Clerk. Full-time and part-time positions available. Please click here for more information about the position or to apply.


Local Activities & Events

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Friday, July 14th - Movie in the Park (The Emperor's New Groove), 8pm
Pinkerton Park
Movie begins approximately 8pm, or at dusk

Friday, July 21st - Movie in the Park (Shrek), 8pm
Pinkerton Park
Movie begins approximately 8pm, or at dusk


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Wednesday, August 2 - Kids Water Day, 9am - 12pm 
Pinkerton Park
End summer with a splash in the park prior to school starting. Water relays, water balloons, sprinklers, beachballs and popsicles! Bring a towel and sunscreen. We'll provide the rest.


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Saturday, September 10 - Family Day, 8am - 10am
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road (K9 Korral Dog Park)
Offers many opportunities for families to have a great time on this historical farm. This free festival features miniature train rides, hayrides, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Festival attendees can also enjoy cane pole fishing in the pond. Don't miss the Touch-a-Tractor area sponsored by Tri Green Equipment, which will consist of small excavators the kids can operate and large tractors the kids can sit on.

Many equestrian related events will be held in the Tractor Supply Arena, sponsored by Friends of Franklin Parks. 

Food will be offered for purchase by local food vendors. Visitors can also listen to some great music on our entertainment stage.

Back to School Information

Franklin Special School District (FSSD)

  • Friday, August 4th, half day - 1st - 8th Grade
  • Monday, August 14th - 1st full day for Kindergarten students
  • Monday, August 21st - 1st full day for pre-Kindergarten students

Click here to view FSSD's 2023-2024 School Calendar


Williamson County Schools 

  • Friday, August 4th, half day - 1st-12th grades
  • Monday, August 14th - 1st full day for Kindergarten & pre-Kindergarten and Early Childhood students

Click here to view Williamson County School's 2023-2024 Calendar