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The Porchlight November/December 2023

Important Reminders for Our 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.

FHA Office Closures

Veteran's Day
Observed Friday, November 10th

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Christmas Holiday
Monday, December 25th - 29th

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New Year's Day
Monday, January 1st 

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Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)program has a new Coordinator, Becky McDonald. 

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Come out for snacks and mingle at the FSS Meet and Greet on Saturday, December 9, from 2-3pm at the FHA Community Center.

The FSS program is designed to assist residents with increasing their earned income and reducing their dependency on welfare. All Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher participants are eligible to participate in this program. A great incentive of the program is the establishment of an escrow account.

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.

FHA want success for all residents and believes that each family can be successful at accomplishing their goals, focus on their needs, and have the determination to succeed. 

If you want to become a participant of this program, please schedule an appointment with Becky McDonald by email at or call 615-794-1247 ext. 231.  We are excited to get you on the road towards self-sufficiency.

Click here to email Becky McDonald and get started!

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 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 Beck McDonald at 615-764-1247 ext. 231 or email Becky by clicking here.

Education Opportunities & Information

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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 & Training Opportunities

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Home Depot, Franklin, TN
Full-time Customer Service/Sales; or
Full-time Freight & Receiving
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Whole Foods Market, Franklin, TN
Full-time Produce Team Leader
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UPS, Franklin, TN
Part-time Pre-load Supervisor, Franklin, TN
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Waste Management, Franklin, TN
Full-time Call Center Representative (remote)
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TARGET, Franklin, TN
Full-time General Merchandise and Food

Local Activities & Events

Family Day Flyer with date and timeFamily Day The Park at Harlinsdale Saturday, November 4th, 10am - 2pm

 Franklin Parks' Family Day 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, which will   consist of small excavators the kids can operate and large tractors the kids can sit on from 10AM - 2PM.

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 featuring Gary Sinise & The LT. Dan Band on our entertainment stage from 1PM - 4PM.

Please click here for more information about Family Day at Harlinsdale.



Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony   Christmas Tree Lighting Sign
Friday, December 1, 2023, 6-8:30pm

The City of Franklin is excited to light up the square Friday, December 1st, for the 2023 Christmas Tree Lighting on the Square, one of the best tree lighting events in Middle Tennessee! 



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Franklin Christmas Parade   
Saturday, December 2nd at 2pm.

The Franklin Kiwanis Christmas Parade is held annually the first Saturday in December. Winding through the streets of Historic Downtown Franklin, the parade is a community celebration of the traditions of the Christmas season.

Click here for more information about the Franklin Christmas Parade.



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38th Annual Dickens Christmas 
Saturday, December 9th, 10am - 6pm
Sunday, December 10th, 11am - 5pm

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN's 38th Annual Dickens of a Christmas is historic Downtown Franklin's annual Victorian-themed outdoor street festival. Dickens of a Christmas recreates the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin's charming architecture as the backdrop. A variety of musicians, dancers and Dickens characters will fill the streets. Expect to see and interact with the nefarious Fagin from Oliver Twist; Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the rest of the Cratchit family from A Christmas Carol; and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children.

Click here for more information about Dickens Christmas in Franklin.