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Franklin Housing Authority Hires ROSS Coordinator

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The Franklin Housing Authority (FHA) has hired Tena Hardy as the Service Coordinator for the new Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Program. The program is implemented through a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For nine years, Hardy served at the ROSS coordinator at the Meridian Housing Authority in Meridian, Miss. There, she wrote grants for new programs and worked with residents on homeownership, job training and employment opportunities.

"Ms. Hardy is a strong leader who is passionate about helping public housing residents get involved in their communities and achieve their goals," Derwin Jackson, Executive Director of FHA, said. "In her first week, she already had several residents signed up to participate in community programs."

ROSS programs help residents become economically self-sufficient through career counseling, financial advising and other services. They have had many positive results in other housing authorities across the country, including residents who go back to school, buy their own homes and start their own businesses.

For more than 55 years, the Franklin Housing Authority has provided affordable, safe housing for low and moderate-income families in Franklin, Tenn. FHA operates 297 public housing units serving nearly 700 residents. Funded through rental income and subsidies from the Department of Housing & Urban Development, FHA also supports partnerships with programs that foster economic self-sufficiency for residents.