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

Miceal Chamberlain (Bank of America), Mayor Marty Walsh, POUA President Lisa Alberghini, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary William Francis Galvin, and SFH President & CEO Karen LaFrazia sign a ceremonial beam (above); POUA staff sign the beam (below)

POUA Breaks Ground on The Union in Downtown Boston

POUA and St. Francis House broke ground on 46 units of affordable housing at The Union at 48 Boylston with Cardinal Seán O’Malley O.F.M. Cap., Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh, and many important team members, lenders, and supporters. The Union is the adaptive reuse of the historic Boston Young Men’s Christian Union, which will provide 26 units for people who are currently homeless or have been homeless, and twenty units for residents with incomes at or below $43,440. St. Francis House, located across the street, will also relocate their administrative offices into the development and will establish a business on the first floor of the building to provide job opportunities for the people they serve.

To see more photos from the event click here. Read more about the event here.
Video courtesy of WCVB Channel 5 Evening News. Photos courtesy of Rich Pizzuti.

Lottery for Bethany Apartments Underway

Applications are now open for the lottery for Bethany Apartments, 37 units of mixed-income housing on the grounds of the Cardinal Cushing Centers community. The deadline to take part in the lottery is January 19th, 2018. For more information, click here.

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.

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