Skip to Main Content

The Porchlight September/October 2023

Important Reminders for Our Residents

Elephant holding a sign that says reminder

- 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.

Schools Are Back In Session

Back to School in colorful lettersSchool Bus Making Goofy Face

Schools have resumed their normal schedules.

More school buses are on the road, and children may be walking to bus stops or waiting on their buses near roadways. 

Please be mindful and watch for our young ones. We want everyone to have a safe and productive year!


FHA Office Closures

Monday, September 4th
Labor Day
Happy Labord Day with American Flag


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.

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.

Click here to email Tena Payne and get started!


Chalkboard with smart goal setting steps: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound

2023 Family Self Sufficiency Empowerment Workshop Dates

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

The Future is Ours (FOURS) Scholarship Program

High School Exterior

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 would like to enroll in the FSS program or the have a high school student in 9th grade up to 12th grade that would like to participate in the FOURS Scholarship Program contact Tena Payne at 615-764-1247 ext. 212 or email Tena by clicking here.

Education Opportunities & Information

Begin Anew offers GED training,
computer classes, and ELL. ClassStack of books and red apple sketch in color 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

Newspaper with

Target, Franklin, TN
Guest Advocate/Cashier (Target, Franklin, TN)
Starting Hourly Rate: $16.00 USD 
Click here to apply

Amazon, Franklin, TN
Warehouse Associate, 12-9PM
You'll be part of the dedicated Amazon team at the delivery station - the last stop before we deliver smiles to customers. Our fast-paced, physical roles receive trucks full of orders, then prepare them for delivery. You'll load conveyor belts, and transport and stage deliveries to be picked up by drivers. You may even be part of the team that works with larger items, such as large screen TVs, furniture, and appliances, and be trained on how to use technology to handle these heavy bulk items. 
Click here to apply.

Mellow Mushroom, Franklin, TN
Service can make or break a dining experience. And by service we mean you - the server. You're a bottomless pit of menu answers, and you control the flow of the meal. You have a constructive relationship with the whole staff, show up at all the right times and dance through health standards with ease. It's a lot, but it's worth it. Because the more quality tables you turn over, the more money you can make. Responsibilities: - Present menu and answer questions. - Take orders and make recommendations. - Manage tables paying attention to cleanliness and order. - Issue bills and accept payment. - Listen to complaints or problems with a positive attitude.
Click here to apply.

Sam's Club, Franklin, TN
Merchandizing & Stocking Associate
Do you like to work on your feet and keep things neat and organized? Our merchandising & stocking associates connect all of the dots to make sure members can find everything they have on their shopping list. From every day needs to special occasions, members need you, as their mini tour guide, to take them that special product. Depending on the shift you work, your job could include moving inventory in the backroom, unloading trucks, fulfilling club pick-up orders or helping members while stocking shelves. From unloading trucks in the summer to filling ice cream in the freezer, this fast-paced job can be physically demanding - it's like being paid to go to the gym! Be a part of a great team with a common goal - making sure members can find more of what they love, for less. 
Click here to apply.

Home Depot, Franklin, TN
Merchandising Execution Associates (MEAs) ensure that the products are stocked and properly merchandised to provide the customer the best possible shopping experience while always keeping safety, accuracy and efficiency at the forefront.
Click here to apply.

Local Activities & Events

Brown factory with green smoke stacks and workers leaving.

FREE FRIDAY! Franklin and the Factory
Molding the 20th Ce

The Factory at Franklin
230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN
Friday, September 1st & 15th 10:30am - 11:30am

During this transition period while renovations are ongoing, we're offering two free walking tours of our campus each month. Join our staff historian on a stroll through The Factory's halls and learn about our industrial past, the people who worked here, and the products they made, as well as how a former stove works turned bedding manufacturing plant came to be one of Franklin's favorite landmarks. We'll cover 93 years of history in 45 minutes while showing you some of the shops, restaurants, and events you can enjoy today!

For questions or private reservations, please reach out to Carris at 615-791-1777 or

Click here for more information. 

Family Day written in colorful bubble letters


City of Franklin
Saturday, November 4th, 5pm
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm
239 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 

Free fun, farm activities and entertainment for the whole family. 


Orange pumpkins in a row with smiley faces

106 3rd Ave., Franklin, TN
Saturday, October 28th, 10am - 6pm

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County's 38th Annual Pumpkinfest presented by Publix is Middle Tennessee's largest family Fall festival that returns on Saturday, October 28, 2023. The festival stretches along Main Street and its side avenues in downtown Franklin and offers tons of festive fun for people of all ages!

Join us for a full day of autumn-inspired food and drink, children's activities, live music, costume contests for pets and families, and outstanding arts & crafts - featuring seasonal and specialty gift items.

Click here to visit Pumkinfest's website to learn more.



Halloween - Tuesday, October 31st

Happy Halloween with jackolaterns


October 31st!

Ghost, goul and candy season will be upon us!

Ghost trick or treating with paper bag


Trick or Treat! 

Parents, please accompany your children for trick-or-treating and review the "rules of the road" before departing on your candy scavenging adventures.





Kids trick or treating in costumes.



Have a safe and Happy Halloween!