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The Porchlight January/February 2022

Important Reminders for Our Residents


  • Rent is due on the 1st and late after the 10th and late fees will apply
  • Reddick Street rent is late after the 5th and late fees will apply

Black History Month Information

Black History Month

Franklin Housing Authority Celebrates Black History Month

Did you know that...

Benjamin Banneker invented the almanac in 1791

Alexander Miles invented the elevator in 1867

Thomas Marshall invented the fire extinguisher in 1872

Osbourn Dorsey invented the doorknob and door stop in 1878

Sarah Boone invented the ironing board in 1887

Walter B. Purvis invented the fountain pen in 1890

Paul L. Downing invented the mailbox in 1891

Thomas W. Stewart invented the mop in 1893

George W. Carver invented peanut butter in 1896

Alfred L. Cralle invented the ice cream scoop in 1897

Lydia O. Newman invented the hairbrush in 1898

Garrett Morgan invented the gas mask in 1914

Garret Morgan invented the traffic light in 1923

Charles Drew invented the blood plasma bag in 1945

Frederick M. Jones invented the air conditioning unit in 1949

George T. Sampson invented the clothes dryer in 1971

These are just a view of the black inventors that have contributed to history.  There are many more inventions that were created by black people. 

Williamson County Black History Facts

Did you know that...

The house located at 253 Natchez Street, Franklin, TN that was once owned by Ruth Gaylor served as a resting place for black travelers during the Jim Crow segregation. This home was advertised as "Mrs. E. B. Gaylor Guest House" through the pages of the Negro Motorist's Green Book, published from 1936 to 1966 by Victor H. Green.

Shorter Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church located at 255 Natchez Street, Franklin, TN celebrated 153 years, and this year will celebrate 154 years.

The McLemore House, formerly known as the Harvey McLemore House is located at 446 11th Avenue N. Franklin, TN. This was the home of former slave Harvey McLemore, who became a successful farmer. For five (or seven) generations, from 1880 to 1997, it was owned by the same family. Please take time out to visit the McLemore House.

Merrill-Williams House located at 264 Natchez was owned by a former slave Moses Merrill. The property was later transferred to Tom Williams, son of Franklin's first Black business owner, A. N. C. Williams. During the Battle of Franklin, the property was part of the federal line.

There were three Williamson County residents that were Tuskegee Airmen, John Patton (Franklin), Robert Murdic (Franklin), Dr. Joseph C. White (Brentwood)

The African American Heritage Society of Williamson County Presents

The Wilson Family: Through Bondage and Beyond Freedom

The African-American Heritage Society of Williamson County proudly presents The Wilson Family: Through Bondage and Beyond Freedom, a pictorial family history exhibit, featuring the story of Nelson Wilson, Sr., and his family, as told through historical documents and photographs. Love, togetherness, and perseverance are at the heart of the Wilson Family's arduous journey through bondage and beyond freedom. Please go and visit the special exhibit on display in the Special Collections Department of the Williamson County Public Library throughout the month of February, located on the second floor at the Williamson County Library, 1314 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN 37064.


FHA Community Center Rental

FHA Community Center Rentals are on hold until further notice

FHA Office Closures

Martin L. King


January 17th, 2022 - Martin Luther King Birthday Observance


presidents day


February 21st, 2022 - Presidents Day

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program

Start the new year with a fresh start by participating in the Family Self-Sufficiency Workshops!Rendering of a two story house

Everyone has a moment in life where they need to pause, re-evaluate, make a plan, and take action. The Franklin Housing Authority Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Workshop will assist you with your goals and provide you with the resources and knowledge to execute a plan for success.  

If you are a public housing resident or received a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) from Franklin Housing Authority, you are eligible for the Family Self Sufficiency Program. 

Why should I take the time to participate in the FSS workshop?  The workshops will provide you with a wealth of information, resources, and resource connections to assist you in becoming a homeowner or just skills to apply to everyday life, as well as your financial living.

What do you mean? During the workshops, you will learn ways to budget, save, invest and have the ability to speak with professionals in the financial field, as well as realtors, mortgagers, and many more professionals.

Do I need a job or need to be employed?  Not initially, but to graduate from the program you must be employed and off of any cash assistant programs for a consecutive 12 months prior to becoming a homeowner, renter, or completing your goal. The FSS Coordinator will be able to provide you with resources to career agencies needing employees. During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to create, revise or build on your career resume. As well as, develop a relationship with a professional recruiter for employers.

What should I do to prepare myself to move out of public housing or use my HCV voucher for my own home? The FSS workshop will provide you with the knowledge needed to make good decisions with obtaining a realtor, mortgager, appraiser, and inspector. As well as, knowledge of the mortgage loan processes and types of mortgage loans.

The primary focus of the program is to give motivated public housing & HCV residents a chance to move from public housing /rental property to market-rate private housing or apartment and give their families an opportunity to experience living life to the fullest.  

The FSS workshop will be held eight times during 2022 year. Each workshop will be an hour in duration and held once a month starting January and completed in the month of October 2022. The FSS workshops will not be held during the months of June, July, November, or December. Participants are encouraged to meet one on one to review goals during the months that there is no workshop.   Please refer to the FSS Workshop Calendar below.

2022 FSS Homeownership Workshop Schedule from 6 pm to 7 pm

January 18, 2022

May 17, 2022

February 15, 2022

August 16, 2022

March 15, 2022

September 20, 2022

April 19, 2022

October 18, 2022


If you are interested in the Family Self Sufficiency Program please call FSS Coordinator Chris Ward, 615-794-1247 ext. 213, and/or email Chris Ward.


A special thank you to all the partners that served with FSS Coordinator and Social Service Department in 2021!

Good Neighbor Foundation, Bancorp South Bank, Franklin Church of Christ, First Missionary Baptist Church-Anthony Pickett, Williamson County Department of Health, The American Job Center, Mercy Community Health, Grace Works, Columbia State Community College, Operation Hope, Habitat for Humanity, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Psi Phi Zeta Chapter of Williamson County.

A Special Thank You to the FHA Program Coordination Committee!



The Future is Ours Scholarship Program

The Future is OURS (FOURS) Scholarship 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 a minimum of 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. 

  • Assistance is given to the senior participants in completing the TN Promise and FAFSA
  • Assistance in enrolling into colleges, universities, or trade schools
  • College tours are taken during summer break
  • Participants are to attend the Williamson County College Fair which is held in September.
  • Community Service resources and opportunities will be provided
  • Exposure to cultural events and art
  • Mentoring......and much more

If you have an upcoming freshman or a high school student and would like to learn more about the Franklin Housing Collaborative Future is OURS Scholarship Program. Please do not hesitate to contact Chris Ward at 100 Spring Street or 615-794-1247 ext. 213.

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

Franklin Special School District-507 New Highway 96 West, Franklin, TN, 615-794-6624

FHA Social Services Health Information

Educare Counseling Center-Alcohol & Drug Rehab Center-382 Natchez Street, Franklin, TN, 615-905-5182, website:

Periscope Community Health Services-Mental & Behavioral Health Services-167 Belle Forest Circle, Nashville, TN, 901-500-2574 or 615-805-5300, website:

Williamson County Health Department- 1324 W Main Street,  Franklin, TN, office# 615-794-1542, website:

Mercy Community Healthcare-1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin, TN, 615-790-0567, website:

Williamson County Medical Center-4321 Carothers Pkwy, Franklin, TN, 615-435-5000, website:

Upcoming Community Events

Community Upcoming Events: January 15th- Food Give Away-One Gen Away @ 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Centennial High School, 5050 Mallory Lane, Franklin, TN.

January 22- Food Give Away-One Gen Away @ 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Columbia State Community College, 1665 Hampshire Pike, Columbia, TN.


Franklin Special School District - In-Person and Virtual Recruitment Fair

Saturday, March 26, 2022, from 9 AM - 11 AM

In-person:  Freedom Intermediate School 840 Glass Lane, Franklin, TN 37064

Virtual: Zoom link available at


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