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Newsletter Title April 2013

Inside This Edition

A Note from Derwin Jackson, FHA Executive Director Clothes Closet Ribbon Cutting


Parenting Class


Calendar of Events


Residents’ Association Mes- 4 sage First Tee Golf Program


8 Can Soup Recipe


Interviewing Class


Important Reminders for our Residents


Please join us in welcoming Tracey Wiggins to the FHA staff. Tracey will be working with Michael Bishop and will be the face you see most often when you enter the building.

It is with excitement that we begin the second quarter of the year. The first part of the year has been a success in part due to support from the community for several events. We have additional support for upcoming programs that will enhance and make the lives of our residents more productive.

Parents have the opportunity this month to participate in a series of parenting classes sponsored by New Vision, Inc. that will help you nurture the relationship you have with your children. Parenting can be difficult and this class will help parents work through difficult issues or be prepared in the event an issue arises with their children. The professionals from New Vision, Inc. can help you build a healthy and caring family.

I am proud of the work we are doing through our ROSS and FSS programs. These programs are vital to our residents and we are fortunate to have a strong and committed staff led by Tena Hardy and Cecil Johnson.

As you can see much of what we do at the FHA involves teamwork and partnerships with other organizations and our community. These partnerships are a valuable resource that allows us to work together to better our FHA community and the larger community in which we live.

This month we will hold another computer class that will provide our residents with the skills needed to help them find and retain employment. We want to thank Franklin Synergy Bank for recognizing the value computer training can provide to our residents and agreeing to sponsor the program for the year.

As always, I hope you will take advantage of the programs being offered. These are designed to help you, our residents, work toward self-sufficiency.

Another resident resource that would not be Sincerely, possible without community support is the clothes closet. Thank you to Leadership Franklin especially Amy Kovar, Chuck Barber, Janine Moore, Dan Alexander and Jeff Smith for their work in making this a reality. Middle Tennessee Derwin Jackson Electric and Franklin Synergy Bank served as drop-off points for the community to provide business clothing for our residents.

Learn computer skills Thanks to a grant from Franklin Synergy Bank, computer classes will once again be offered. You will learn basic computer skills in these classes which will help you search for a job and have a skill that is required by most employers. The next class will begin at 9:00 am on April 15th and will continue on the 17th, 19th and 22nd in the FHA Community Center Redbud Room. The class size is limited so contact Tena Hardy at 794-1247, ext. 212 as soon as possible to reserve your spot. We appreciate the support of Franklin Synergy Bank and Columbia State Community College.

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Ribbon Cut on New Clothes Closet Leadership Franklin and the Franklin Housing Authority partnered to collect clothing and organize a new clothes closet for residents. The store officially opened on March 21st with a program and lunch hosted by Leadership Franklin. The clothing closet program is designed to assist residents that are working or looking for employment by providing appropriate clothing. Suits, slacks, jackets and other items are available. Residents that are currently employed or those that have earned credits may shop in the store. Contact Tena Hardy at 794-1247, ext. 212 or Cecil Johnson at 794-1247, ext. 207 for more information. Thank you to Franklin Synergy Bank and Middle Tennessee Electric for serving as drop-off sites for clothing. Also thanks to Marti and Liz Shoes for donating gift certificates. Resident Charlotte Abedi tells what the clothing closet means to her.

Margaret Patton was the winner of the gift certificate.

Attendees look through items in the clothes closet.

Parenting Class Starts April 4 To celebrate National Child Abuse Prevention Month, FHA is providing parenting classes for parents to promote positive parenting skills that will focus on the wellbeing of a child and understanding how to address children and youth in a nurturing home setting. Particularly in the field of child abuse prevention, addressing child and family needs related to well-being is a critical part of reducing risks and increasing safety and protective factors. There are many aspects involved in raising a child such as the physical, behavioral, social, and cognitive areas of a child’s life. The parenting classes will start April 4th at 5:30 at the FHA community center. We encourage all parents to attend. Community service hours can be obtained by attending these classes. Childcare will be available with dinner and a door prize provided.

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April 2013 Sun











Rent is Due

Interviewing Workshop 9:00 am TN Career Cart.


Franklin Transit Comm. Outreach Mtg 5:00 pm Comm Ctr.



Interviewing Class Noon-2 Job Fair 10-2 Redbud Room Wmson Co. Lib. RABOD RABOD ECExecutive Mtg 5:00 pm

for 8-12th grade Tutoring students; 4-6pm


for 8-12th grade FHA FHA Computer Lab

Computer Lab 4-6 pm

Interviewing Class Noon-2 Redbud Room Tutoring Tutoring

Resident Assoc. Mtg Committee RA Tenant Mtg 6:30 pm for 8-12th grade Meeting students; 4-6pm 5:00 pm5:00 pm RA Tenant Meeting FHA Computer Lab Redbud RoomApply Late 6:30pm Fees

Daylight Savings Time Begins


Resume Preparation Class 1:00 pm Comm. Ctr. Tutoring




Warrants filed


Computer Class 9:00 am Redbud Room


Board of Commissioner Mtg. 5:30 pm 200 Spring St. Board Boom Computer Class



Tutoring Computer Class for 9:00 8-12tham grade Redbud Room College Info class, 4:00 Comm. Ctr. Tutoring

9:00 amControl, 8 AM—4 PM Pest Redbud Room Easter


Pest Control, 8 am—4 pm

29 Board of Commissioners Mtg. 5:30 pm 200 Spring St. Board Room




Parenting Class Sassy Seniors 5:30 pm 11:30 am-1:00 pm Redbud Room Interviewing WorkYouth shop 9:00 am TN Career Cetr. Sassy Seniors Cooking Sassy Seniors Class Youth Cooking 11:30am-1pm


Class 3:30 pm3:30 pm Comm. Comm. Ctr. Ctr.

11:30 am-1:00


Parenting Class Sassy Seniors 5:30 pm 11:30 am-1:00 pm Youth Youth Cooking Redbud Room Sassy Seniors Cooking Class 3:30 pm Sassy Seniors 11:30 am-1:00 11:30am-1pm Class Comm. Late FeesCtr. Apply pm 3:30 pm Warrants Filed Comm. Ctr. MoJo 11am Comm. Ctr. Parenting Class Sassy Seniors Warrants Filed 11:30 am-1:00 pm Clothes5:30 Closetpm Ribbon Youth Seniors Redbud Room SassySassy Cutting- Noon Seniors 11:30am-1pm Cooking Computer 11:30 am-1:00Class Youth Cooking Class Class 9:00 am pm 3:30 pm Redbud Room Comm. Ctr.



Parenting Class 5:30 pm Redbud Room


Sassy Seniors


Good Friday, FHA offices are Sassy Seniors closed


Walk Wmson Kick-off 9:00 am Pinkerton Park

11:30 am-1:00 pm




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Resident Association Message Fellow RA Members, Thanks to the Franklin Fire Department for being our guest at last month’s Residents’ Meeting. This month’s guest will not be announced. You will just have to be there to see who it is. As you know, the Residents’ Association Elections have been postponed until later this year. We urge all FHA residents living in Cherokee, Harpeth Homes, Johnson Circle and Natchez/Short Court to help strengthen our community by running for the Directorship in your areas. Through your leadership, you can help make positive changes in your areas such as improving living conditions for your neighbors, helping organize cultural and recreational activities and to foster a sense of responsibility and community awareness among residents. You don’t have to be a neighborhood Director to serve your community, all it takes is the willingness to make changes that will improve your quality of life and the lives of people around you. You may have an idea for something positive in your neighborhood and we would love to help you with it or better yet, get your neighbors involved and make it happen. There are worlds of possibilities out there. It doesn’t matter what we do, just get out there and let’s do something, something together. Also we hope to start monthly Area Meetings in the weeks to come. Now, of course all meetings are open to all FHA Residents and we hope all residents will attend. Area Meeting will give each area the opportunity to speak on issues that matter to them, vote on things they want to see happen in their neighborhoods. After all, we all live in different areas, so who better to know what is needed in your neighborhood than you. So keep a look out for you area flyer, coming soon. Together let’s change our community. Calvin Scruggs FHARA, President

First Tee program for young golfers

THIS MONTH’S TRIVIA QUESTION: RA Monthly Trivia Question: You have 10 fish, 5 drowned and 3 came back to life. How many fish do you have? Last Month’s Answer: A Smoke Detector

If you know the answer to the question, call the RA office with the answer at 794-1247 (press #3, then #6). Be sure to speak clearly in your message! Please give your answer, your name, and your phone number in the message. If you do not leave a phone number or we cannot understand your message, we will not know how to get in touch with you if you win!

Youth at the Franklin Housing Authority are now participating through the ROSS/FSS program in the First Tee program. This a great program that attempts to improve the selfesteem of youth and instill a greater sense of purpose in their lives. First Tee is a golf program founded by the son of Joe Louis, the most famous heavyweight boxing champion in history. Joe Louis Barrow Jr. founded the First Tee program which has served 7.6 million young people since 1997. The question is: Why the son of a heavyweight champ would be involved in golf? Here is some history about his father. On March 1, 1949, the longtime champion announced his retirement from boxing, stating he intended to spend the rest of his days relaxing and playing golf. He had held the title for nearly a dozen years (still a world-record reign to this day) and had made more title defenses (twenty-five) than any other champion in any weight class in boxing history. His professional record was sixty-one wins (fifty-three by knockout) with one loss. He attempted to make a comeback with his final time in the ring being in 1951. The answer to the above question is that Joe Louis loved golf and was the first African – American to participate in a PGA tournament. This was in 1952. That is one reason why his son would also grow up to love golf and start the First Tee organization.

Famous Boxer Joe Louis

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Volume 1, Issue 1

Easy 8 Can Soup Recipe Nutrition Information

1 (15 ounce) can summer crisp or sweet corn 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can vegetable soup 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can Veg All 1 (15 ounce) can crushed tomatoes 1 (15 ounce) can sliced white potatoes 1 (15 ounce) can chili with beans 1 (15 ounce) can chili without beans 1 (15 ounce) can green beans 1. Dump all these cans in the crock pot. 2 DO NOT DRAIN ANY OF THEM! 3 Add some chopped up sausage if you like. 4 Heat it up on low for the day or high for three hours and serve.

Serving Size: 1 cup (331 g) Servings Per Recipe: 10 Calories 215 Calories from Fat 46 Total Fat 5.1 g Saturated Fat 1.6 g Cholesterol 13.6 mg Sodium 999.4 mg Total Carbohydrate 36.4 g Dietary Fiber 6.7 g Sugars 6.9 g Protein 9.7 g

Are you searching for employment? The FHA ROSS program is offering interviewing classes on April 9th and 10th from 12-2 in the Redbud Room of the FHA Community Center. Interviewing skills are very important and crucial when you are trying to get that dream job. You want to highlight your positive qualities and avoid giving reasons for any employer to disqualify you. From the interviewing questions to what to wear is very important. For every resident that attends the interviewing class, you will have the opportunity to shop in the boutique for a suit. Also, you will have the opportunity to interview with local employers on the second day to test your interviewing skills and maybe land a job. There are only 6-8 slots for this class. If you are interested, please contact Tena at 794-1247, ext. 212.

Senior Residences Construction On Track The construction of the new Senior Residences at Reddick Street is continuing. The roofing is almost complete and the windows are being installed. The next step is the start of work on the interior of the building.

F ra n k l in H o us in g S er v i c es C or p o ra t io n Non Profit US Postage Paid Franklin TN Permit #297

200 Spring Street Franklin, TN 37064-0304 Phone: 615-794-1247 Email: “LIGHTING YOUR PATH TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING”

Return Service Requested «hrcName» «hrcAddress1» Franklin, TN 37064

Important Reminders for Our Residents 

We are required to file warrants by the 15th this month for all previous month balances, all balances should be paid by that date.

All money orders and/or checks should be completely filled in prior to mailing, dropping it in the rent collection box or at the reception window. Also, please do not use the abbreviation of “FHA” in the “Pay to the Order of” line but write out the entire business name, Franklin Housing Authority, on that line. Rental checks should be mailed to: 200 Spring Street, Franklin TN 37064.

Income Reporting: ALL income has to be reported, whether it is Child Support, Social Security, Wages from a job, Unemployment and or AFDC from the Department of Human Services. This includes income from all heads of-household and adult (18and over), household members. HUD has a system in place, called EIV [Enterprise Income Verification System] that can pull all income sources, except child support and AFDC.

It is important to us that you understand these policies. If you have any questions, call 615-794-1247, ext. 204 and speak with Michael.

Important Dates For APRIL:  Rent due on the 1st  Late fees apply on the 11th  Warrants filed on the 15th

Do You Have A Facebook Page or Use Twitter? The Franklin Housing Authority has both and we hope that if you do, you will “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter. We regularly post photos, news articles and other information on the Facebook page. Go to FranklinHousingAuthority on Facebook and Franklin Hsg Auth on Twitter. Stay informed! Join us on Facebook and Twitter!

2013 April Resident Newsletter  

2013 FHA April Resident Newsletter

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