2012 Annual Report
Redefining Public Housing
Franklin Housing Authority 200 Spring Street Franklin, Tennessee 37064 PH: 615-794-1247 www.franklinhousingauthority.com
he mission of the Franklin Housing Authority is to assist low-income families by providing safe, decent, affordable housing and self-sufficiency opportunities.
Message From Derwin Jackson
s I reflect on the work of the Franklin Housing Authority in 2012, I am pleased with the accomplishments and progress we have made in many areas. The staff, Board of Commissioners and residents have much of which to be proud. We continued to work toward assisting our residents on their paths to self-sufficiency, changing the face of public housing by beginning the implementation of our Master Housing Plan and strengthening relationships in our community. You will find much of our work included in the pages of our annual report but a few highlights are included below. •
Master Housing Plan Implementation: In September, we began the implementation process for our Master Housing Plan with the groundbreaking on the 48-unit Senior Residences at Reddick Street. It will become home to many of our senior residents as well as some new members of our community. This is the beginning of a multi-year process to rebuild public housing and create new neighborhoods on the land owned by the Franklin Housing Authority.
Franklin Housing Services Corporation: This organization is the 501(c) (3) nonprofit for the Franklin Housing Authority. By re-establishing this organization, we will be able to further some of our goals through additional fundraising and programming options.
New Staff Members: In 2012, we created two new positions that increased our ability to meet goals and function more efficiently. Susan Minor joined the organization as Director of Community Development in May. Susan has extensive experience in nonprofit work, and one of her major roles will be to further the mission of the FHA through community development and the Franklin Housing Services Corporation. In November, Jenna Miller joined the staff as Finance Manager. Jenna will be
responsible for much of our accounting, which was previously outsourced. We are happy to have these new members on our team and have seen their impact already.
Programming: Both the Residential Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) and Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program grants were renewed this year, allowing us to continue to provide the programming and services to guide residents toward self-sufficiency. One new program started this year came about with the help of Leadership Franklin; a closet has been established that will allow residents to pick out needed clothing for job interviews and work.
I believe we can have a larger impact on our community by partnering with organizations with expertise in areas we hope to impact. For that reason, we partnered with New Hope Academy this past summer on a new summer camp, Launch for Life. This camp enabled our children to continue learning throughout the summer in a fun environment. You will see more about our partners in the following pages. We are proud of these many partnerships and look forward to forming others. The coming years will be exciting for the Franklin Housing Authority. Our work will continue to improve our community by changing the face of public housing, not only through redevelopment but through self-sufficiency programs and improving affordable and workforce housing options. We hope you will consider helping move our initiatives forward by getting involved and supporting our mission.
Derwin Jackson Executive Director
2012 Board of Commissioners
n behalf of the Board of Commissioners of the Franklin Housing Authority, I would like to thank the community and staff of the FHA for the accomplishments and progress made in 2012. We, as Commissioners, are excited to be a part of changing the face of public housing in Franklin.
Thanks also to our many partners and community supporters; groups working together toward a common goal can accomplish much more than working individually. We look forward to collaborating with you in 2013 to make the Franklin Housing Authority an even better place to live, work and play.
Al Gregory, Jr.
This past year was an exciting one as we watched the implementation of the Master Housing Plan with the groundbreaking for the Senior Residences at Reddick Street. This project came to fruition due to the commitment and hard work of Derwin Jackson and the FHA staff. Thank you all for your continued dedication to the mission of the FHA.
Al Gregory, Jr. Chairman
FHA Administrative Staff
Michael Bishop Public Housing Manager
Resident Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency Coordinator
Rebecca Jackson Resident Initiatives Coordinator Assistant
Director of Development & Maintenance
Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator
Lindsi Mayfield Administrative Assistant
Director of Community Development
FHA: By The Numbers Franklin Housing Authority Annual Report Data CY2009
FHA Housing Units
People in FHA Housing
Elderly (62+), Disabled, Handicapped Head of Households
Non Elderly Head of Households
Number of Empty Units at End of Year
Both Husband & Wife Present (Includes Elderly Couples)
Households Receiving Public Assistance (Includes AFDC & SSI, but not SS, Railroad Retirement or Private Pension Funds)
Income Consisting of Both Public Assistance & Earned Income
Earned Income Only
Female Heads of Household Male Heads of Household
Families on "0" (Zero) Income Average Monthly Rent Average Family Income (Annual) FHA's Fiscal Year End Budget (Includes Rents, Utilities, and Other Charges) FHA Interest Income (Included in Fiscal Year End Budget Total) Operating Subsidy from HUD Amount Owed to City of Franklin in Lieu of Taxes Approximate Number of Applicants on File
Redevelopment and Master Housing Plan
he Franklin Housing Authority embarked on an ambitious plan to redevelop the existing public housing units in Franklin through the development of a Master Housing Plan. This multi-year plan includes the creation of mixed-income neighborhoods with a variety of housing options, in addition to the redevelopment of all public housing units. Implementation began in 2011 with the demolition of the 44 World War II-era units on Reddick Street in preparation for the construction of a new 48-unit senior building. Construction on the Senior Residences at Reddick Street was started in September 2012 with a groundbreaking attended by more than 150 people, many of them future residents. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2013. The next phase of redevelopment for the Reddick Street site will include 65 additional rental units. The neighborhood will be comprised of town homes, single family residences and duplexes. In preparation for this phase of redevelopment, meetings have been held with residents of the Park Street neighborhood. These residents will be relocated to the new Reddick Street neighborhood when its units have been completed. The current housing on Park Street will then be demolished and replaced with single family units. The Franklin Housing Authority continues to be committed to keeping its residents, civic leaders and members of the Franklin community involved in guiding each step of this important Master Housing Plan.
Community and Resident Services
he Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency Program (ROSS) and Family SelfSufficiency Program (FSS) coordinators work with residents to provide them with the resources and programming needed to become self-sufficient.
The ROSS program provides many opportunities for residents, such as computer training, tutoring, GED assistance, healthy cooking classes and referrals to other agencies for needed services. The FSS program works with residents to set goals and benchmarks in order to move from public housing to affordable housing at the completion of the program. In addition to the ROSS and FSS programs, residents have the opportunity to participate in the Residentsâ€™ Association. This organization is governed by a board elected by the residents and holds monthly meetings and programming open to everyone at FHA. In 2012, the organization received The African American Heritage Society Award. Monthly meetings welcome guest speakers on topics relevant to residents such as security, transportation, voting and medical issues.
he success of many of the programs at the Franklin Housing Authority is accomplished through partnerships and support from area businesses and organizations. Thank you to our partners for your financial, in-kind and programming support. Against the Grain BancorpSouth Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee Bridges Domestic Violence Center City of Franklin Columbia State Community College Community Resource Center Crosspoint Church First Missionary Baptist Church Franklin Fire Department Franklin Housing Authority Residentsâ€™ Association Franklin Police Department Franklin Special School District Franklin Synergy Bank Franktown Open Hearts
Gannett Foundation GAP Community Development Resources, Inc. Global Education Center Goodwill Career Solutions Graceworks Ministries, Inc. Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County Limestone Baptist Church Literacy Council of Williamson County Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency Mid-Cumberland Head Start Mr. Rod Waggoner Mr. Ronald Crutcher Mt Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church National Council on Aging OneGenAway ProHealth Medical Center
Rolling Hills Community Church Shorter Chapel AME Church Strong Tower Bible Church Tennessee Arts Commission The Bubba Foundation The Guidance Center TNCEP-Tennessee Consumer Education Program United Community Resource Foundation United Way of Williamson County Williamson County Adult Education Williamson County Family Resource Center Williamson County Health Department Williamson County Public Library Williamson County School System WorkForce Essentials
Programs & Events
Guitar Lessons with Rod Waggoner Elks Lodge Christmas Party College Day High School Tutoring On-site computer lab Summer Meal Program for children Launch for Life Summer Camp Kids in the Kitchen Healthy Cooking and Eating program
Redevelopment Activities & Counseling Park Street Relocation Meetings Community Resource Center Pickup Weekly Yoga Classes Computer Classes Job Fair Healthy Mommies and Babies Day Sassy Seniors Friday Potluck and Bingo
Sassy Seniors Pamper Me Day presented by ProHealth Sassy Seniors Field Trip to Amish Country Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop OneGenAway Resident Volunteer Day Escrow accounts for FSS participants Womenâ€™s Self-Help Empowerment Group
In addition to the events conducted through the ROSS program, several churches and community organizations also held events to assist and interact with residents.
Looking Forward to 2013 •
An advisory board will be formed for the Franklin Housing Services Corporation, the FHA’s 501 (c)(3). Additional funding will be sought through this nonprofit to purchase homes or land that will be used for affordable and workforce housing.
Launch for Life Summer Camp will take place again at New Hope Academy.
Additional housing will be started on the Reddick Street redevelopment, along with plans for the demolition of the units on Park Street.
The first “class” of families will graduate from the FSS program and transition from public housing. New families will begin their journey to self-sufficiency.
The ROSS program will continue its current programs and add new initiatives to assist residents in their move to self-sufficiency.
A voucher program will be initiated to allow residents to move from public housing to affordable housing with voucher assistance.
In partnership with The First Tee, 10-15 youth will have the opportunity to learn the game of golf along with character-building life skills.