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.

What's New

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.

POUA & CICD’s Cote Village Receives Funding

We are so thankful for the support of Governor Charlie Baker, Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and Mayor Marty Walsh for their support and funding for Cote Village in Mattapan, our development with Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD). Thank you to Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) and MA delegation for their support of this project and affordable housing across the state. Click here for more information on all projects that received funding.

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