Our Mission

The mission of the Planning Office, a non-profit housing developer affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, is to serve as a catalyst for social justice through its work in housing development and neighborhood revitalization. The Planning Office is responsible for developing over 2,700 units of housing to date, channeling more than $625 million of investment into neighborhoods and towns throughout metropolitan Boston.

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Massachusetts Historical Commission honors POUA’s Winter Street Apartments

The Massachusetts Historical Commission honored POUA’s Winter Street Apartments in Haverhill on November 2nd at the 29th Annual Preservation Awards ceremony. The project was recognized for its adaptive reuse and historic preservation. (Photo courtesy of MHC, pictured: Steven Regal and Becky Carpentier, The Architectural Team; Secretary William Galvin; Leslie Donovan, Tremont Preservation; David Aiken, Planning Office for Urban Affairs, Inc.

POUA Dedicates Harbor Place in Haverhill with Ribbon Cutting

POUA recently held a ribbon cutting in Haverhill for Harbor Place, which includes 80 units of mixed-income housing, a 5-story commercial building, a new public plaza, and a grand boardwalk that allows pedestrian access to the Merrimack River from the downtown for the first time in over 80 years. The commercial building houses HC Media, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Pentucket Bank’s corporate headquarters, and office space for rent at the penthouse level. The Planning Office and its partner on Harbor Place, The Greater Haverhill Foundation, were joined by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley O.F.M. Cap., Secretary Jay Ash of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Mayor James Fiorentini, and Brian S. Dempsey, Former Chair of House Committee on Ways and Means. Click here to watch video from the event.

POUA Celebrates Groundbreaking of Bethany Apartments in Hanover

POUA recently celebrated the groundbreaking of Bethany Apartments on the grounds of the Cardinal Cushing Centers Community in Hanover, along with Cardinal Seán O'Malley and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. The development converts a former dormitory building into 37 units of mixed-income housing, serving a range of residents, from low-income households with special needs to moderate-income families.

Women of the Church Discuss Social Justice

Deirdre Houtmeyers, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, Lisa Alberghini, POUA President, Sr. Marian Batho, CSJ, Coordinator of Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Debbie Rambo, President of Catholic Charities Boston, and Ann Carter, Moderator, discuss social justice in anticipation of the Archdiocesan Justice Convocation. Watch video from the Facebook stream here!

For more information on social justice and the Convocation click here.

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