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Donations Help Franklin Housing Authority Residents Find Jobs

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By Chris Cannon

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Dozens of residents of the Franklin Housing Authority have access to clothing that will help them dress for job interviews. But donations are needed to keep the program going.

A small store is located inside the housing authority's community center on Spring Street. It is just a room at the end of a hallway, but it has already been a helpful place for residents.

The goal of the store is to provide business attire residents participating in the Franklin Self Sufficiency Program can wear to job interviews.

Gina Armstrong spent time in the store Wednesday afternoon.

"People can read if you're comfortable, or if you're not. So clothing, and appearance, and apparel is important," Armstrong said.

Members of the 2013 Franklin Leadership class decided they wanted to work with the housing authority to help sustain the store.

They have set up three drop off locations in Franklin where you can leave donations.

"Right now we're just seeking woman's clothing. That seems to be the need right now with the residents here at FHA," said class member Amy Kovar.

Kovar said the store is in need of professional clothing, but is also accepting accessories and shoes.

The store is part of bigger FSS program that gives residents the tools needed to get back into the workforce.

"So this program helps them to move from public housing to self sufficiency, whether they're in their own home, or market rate apartments," said Cecil Johnson from the FHA.

The clothing available to the residents is not free. They can shop with credits earned by working, or volunteering with the FHA.

"Part of self-sufficiency is that you're not giving something away, you're trying to see the value of earning," Johnson said.

The store also stocks clothing residents can wear after they are hired. Everything from casual to business attire.

The Franklin Housing Authority manages 253 rental units that house 700 residents.



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