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The Porchlight May/June 2021

Family Self Sufficiency (FSS)

FSS Family of Three OutsideWhat is Family Self-Sufficiency Program?
Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that matches Housing Assistance Families (Public Housing and Section 8 ) with existing Community services to achieve economic growth, knowledge, skills and experience to enable them to gain financial independence.
Participants in the FSS program sign a contract that requires the head of the household to seek or maintain suitable employment and remain or become free of monetary welfare assistance by the end of the FSS Contract of Participation.

What services are provided through the FSS Program?
The FSS program provides referral to resources such as employment, financial literacy, transportation, education, childcare, credit repair, counseling and homeownership counseling.
Please feel free to join in the remaining 4 virtual workshops which are held on the third Tuesday, of the month from 6 -7p.m.

FSS Family of Three of Smiles
FSS Homeownership Workshop Schedule
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

If you are interested in the Family Self Sufficiency Program, please contact Chris Ward at 615-794-1247 ext. 213.

FSS Participant's Success Story

FSS Participants Success (2).jpgFSS participant Karen Forgy came into the program with the goal to obtain her Associate degree in Social Work. She put a plan into action to enroll into Columbia State Community College where she graduated December 2020.  Karen is currently working towards her Bachelor's degree in Marketing at Western Governors University (WGU). Her aspiration is to one day open her own business in Digital-Social Media.


Congratulations on your achievement! !

FSS Empowerment and Homeownership Affirmations

• I Am Enough!
• I Will Make It Through This!
• I Got This!
• I Will Face My Fear and Get Out of My Comfort Zone

Future is OURS (FOURS) Scholarship Program

What is "The Future is Ours" Scholarship Program?Students at table working on a project

The Future is OURS (FOURS) Scholarship is a program provided through Franklin Housing Collaborative to students enrolled in high school. The program is designed to help fill the 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 that successfully complete the program are granted a minimum of $1,000 per year of higher education and up to $5,000 per year. All high school students living within Franklin Housing Authority are eligible and must meet the criteria of being listed on the current lease, earn minimum 295 cumulative points throughout their four years of high school, and must enroll and attend a U.S. post secondary institution directly after high school graduation.

What services are provided through the FSS Program?

The program provides assistance to high school seniors completing the TN Promise and FAFSA, help assist with registering to colleges, universities or trade schools, provide resources for community service hours, college fairs, tours and cultural events.

If you have an upcoming freshman or a high school student interested in applying for the Future is OURS Scholarship Program, contact Chris Ward at 100 Spring Street, or 615-794-1247 ext. 213.

Summer Camp Information

Barefoot Republic Summer Camp (K-6th graders)-All camps offer a variety of athletic, artistic and outdoor adventure activities. Need-based partial and full scholarships are available for all camp programs. Spaces are limited, so we encourage early registration. Visit BAREFOOTREPUBLIC.ORG or contact Chris Ward, FSS Coordinator 615-794-1247 ext. 213 

Camp Fee Information:

Barefoot at Amy Grant's Farm I & II-  $449 (one week)

Church Venues- $299 (one week)

June 7th-June 11th & June 14th-18th-Amy Grant's Farm, Franklin, TN

June 28th-July2nd-Grace Chapel

July 5th-July 9th -Fellowship Bible Church

July 19th-July 23rd-Citipointe Church

July 26th-July 30th-Woodmont Baptist Church

Boys and Girls Club- open to ages 5-18(if 5 years old must completed Kindergarten) Sign at Franklin Club: 129 Fowlkes St, Suite 1000 Franklin, TN 37064 or contact 615-794-4800,

Fee: $50 weekly and annual membership fee $25.00

Grades 9-12: One time fee $125

Start date: June 1 to July 30

Time: 7 a.m. -6 p.m.

Summer Camp.jpg

Community Upcoming Events:

Virtual Vita Free Tax Prep Assistance United Way- extended to May 17, 2021 (File or to file with virtual Tax What is needed:

• Original Social Security card or ITIN for each family member
• W-2 for all jobs worked in 2020
• All W-2's, 1099s, and income forms for other income
• Form 1095-A (health insurance through market place
• Photo I.D. for each adult filing
• Previous year's tax return
• Direct Deposit Information
• Proof of Expenses (charitable donations receipts, 1098-T education expenses, child care and dependent expenses.
• Economic Impact Payment Amounts (stimulus money)

Big Backpack Giveaway/One Gen Away Food Giveaway-Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Centennial High School, time TBD.

FHA Social Services Educational Information

Begin Anew-GED training, computer classes, and ESL, 1350 West main Street, Franklin, TN, office# 615-977-8908, website:

Workforce Essentials- High School Equivalency Diploma (Hi-set), computer classes, and ESL, 118 Seaboard Lane, Franklin, TN, office# 615-790-3311, website:

Columbia State Community College- 2 year college, 1228 Liberty Pike, Franklin, TN, office# 615-790-440, website:

Franklin Special School District-Pre-K program 2021-2022-are accepting applications online at

FHA Maintenance News

Only put toilet paper in the toilet.  Thank you!