Cookeville Housing Authority
235 W. Jackson St.
Cookeville, Putnam County, TN

931-526-9793

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

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The Highlands Residential Services (HRS) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


The HRS offers five Public Housing communities with 577 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are four ways to apply:
  1. Visit the HRS to pick up a pre-application, located at 235 West Jackson Street, Cookeville, TN, during normal office hours.
  2. Request to have a pre-application mailed to you by calling (931) 526-9793 during normal office hours.
  3. Email the HRS to request a pre-application at dgriffin@highlandsrs.com.
  4. Download the online pre-application here, then print and complete.
Once the application has been completed, you must call the HRS to schedule an application interview at (931) 526-9793, Ext. 211 during normal office hours.

Be sure to include these documents with your application: Birth certificates, Social Security Cards, proof of all income, and a government issued ID for all adult household members. All adult household members must be present at the interview.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, visit the HRS website, or call the office at (931) 526-9793 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Cookeville Housing Authority operates 580 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Cookeville Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 7% studio apartments, 36% 1 bedroom apartments, 31% 2 bedroom apartments, 19% 3 bedroom apartments and 7% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Cookeville Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 532 out of a total 580 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 8.28%.

Family Type

Of the 479 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 85 (17.75%) were elderly, 394 (82.25%) were non-elderly, 250 (52.19%) were disabled, 197 (41.13%) contained children and 155 (32.36%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Cookeville Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Cookeville Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $216.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $244. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $247. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $495. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $155.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Cookeville Housing Authority portfolio, 5% of households identified as Black, 95% identified as White, and 2% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Cookeville Housing Authority properties, 366 were Extremely Low Income, 126 were Very Low Income, 35 were Low Income and 6 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Cookeville Housing Authority properties is $9,439. Of all public housing residents, 7% have no income and 4% earn more than $25,000 while 89% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Cookeville Housing Authority public housing 25% have wage income, 71% have welfare income, 59% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 18% have other income and 2% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 533 households containing 1,069 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 2.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 41.13% of households included children. Across all household members in Cookeville Housing Authority public houins units 15.5% are aged zero to five and 21% are aged 6 to 17.

14.2% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 49.3% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Cookeville Housing Authority public housing communities. 19.51% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 15.01% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 65.48% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Cookeville Housing Authority administers a public housing program. The housing authority owns and manages 5 projects which contain 577 affordable rental units.

According to HUD, Cookeville Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 public housing units.

Cookeville Housing Authority is among the 68% of Tennessee housing authorities that only offer public housing. Section 8 assistance in its target area is administered by another nearby housing authority.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Cookeville Housing Authority manages 2 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 91. The scores for properties managed by Cookeville Housing Authority range from a high of 91 to a low of 90.

The highest scoring property in the Cookeville Housing Authority portfolio is Willow Heights and the lowest scoring property is Huddleston/holladay/sid.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Cookeville Housing Authority have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 2014)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Cookeville Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 8/2/12 Plan
2011 7/29/11 Plan
2010 7/29/10 Plan
2009 7/2/09 Plan
2008 9/3/08 Plan
2007 8/27/07 Plan
2006 8/14/06 Plan
2005 8/19/05 Plan
2004 9/28/04 Plan
2003 8/25/02 Plan
2002 9/18/02 Plan
2001 9/28/01 Plan
2000 8/13/00 Plan