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Highlands Residential Services has been offered the opportunity to participate in THDA COVID RENT RELIEF program that may pay rent for 12 consecutive months based on eligibility. 

What does that mean for you as our tenant?    **NO RENT PAYMENTS FOR 12 MONTHS** (if qualified)

Highlands Residential Services has chosen to participate in this program and in doing so we need your assistance with the application process. To receive assistance, and adult LEASEHOLDER from each unit MUST sign a Tenant Approval form, which says you agree to the terms and conditions of the COVID RENT RELIEF program. 

You will need to come by the main office at 235 West Jackson St., Cookeville, TN 38501 to sign a Tenant Approval form by December 10, 2021. 

Once we have completed ALL Tenant Approval forms, we will submit our application. Your cooperation with this matter is greatly appreciated!!


Important Announcement Regarding Applications: Effective at 12:00AM on August 1, 2021, Highlands Residential Services (HRS) will close its Public Housing, Walnut Village and Willow Heights waiting lists until further notice. No new applications will be scheduled after this date. Public notice will be given when HRS re-opens the waiting lists. Applicants currently on the waiting lists will be processed in accordance with HRS policies and procedures. HRS will continue to accept applications for Oak Tree Towers (age 62 and above only.)                                                                                                                 Highlands Residential Services has 497 conventional efficiency, one, two, three, and four bedroom public housing units. These homes are located in Algood, Baxter, Celina, Cookeville, Gainesboro and Monterey.

Public housing is for lower-income individuals and families who earn less than 80% of the area median income. Tenants of this program’s dwellings pay approximately 30% of their adjusted income for rent.


Walnut Village

Highlands Residential Services Walnut Village homes in Cookeville has 80 one and two bedroom apartments that are specifically designated for the elderly and disabled. Walnut Village is conveniently located across from the Cookeville Senior Citizens Center and is close to grocery stores, banks, post office and health care services.

Walnut Village rental assistance for private housing units designated for the elderly and disabled are subsidized with a Housing Assistance Payment contract with HUD.


Willow Heights

 Our Willow Heights homes in Cookeville were built in 2000 by utilizing Low-Income Housing Tax Credits along with Housing Assistance Payment contract through HUD. Willow Heights has 30 one and two bedroom housing units for individuals age 62 and older. These apartments are conveniently located in a quiet cul-de-sac off Willow Avenue and are close to grocery stores, banks, a post office and health care providers.


Oak Tree Towers

  Our newest development, Oak Tree Towers in Cookeville, is a 50 one-bedroom, three-story midrise for low-income seniors age 62 and up. We anticipate completion in August, 2021. Oak Tree Towers will have many modern amenities including elevators and a sprinkler system. Program funding for Oak Tree Towers is completely different from any of our other housing programs and is done through a federal H.O.M.E. grant. These apartments are conveniently located on Buffalo Valley Road and are close to grocery stores, shopping, banks, churches, and health care providers. All applicants must be 62 years of age or older and meet eligibility and income limit guidelines. Oak Tree Towers (both inside and outside) will be tobacco and smoke free.

If you would like to apply for Oak Tree Towers please come by our main office at 235 West Jackson St., Cookeville, TN or contact the occupancy specialist, Chelsea York at (931) 528-7605 or email Chelsea at cyork@highlandsrs.com


Hickory Valley Apartments

   Our new Hickory Valley Apartments located on Buffalo Valley Road in Cookeville will have 48 one, two, and three bedroom multi-family homes. There will be a mix of one-level and two-story units. Construction is projected to begin Fall 2021 and to be completed late 2022.


Magnolia Ridge Apartments

Our third new development is currently in the planning stages. More information will be available in the future.