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

Harbor Place Nominated for AHF Readers Choice Awards

Great news! Harbor Place is nominated for Best Mixed-Use Housing in the nation in Affordable Housing Finance magazine's Readers Choice Awards this year! In order to vote, you must be a magazine or email subscriber. You must subscribe by June 30th at one of the below links. Both are free! Once subscribed, voting begins on July 7th. Thank you to all of our team for the great turnout on this project in Haverhill!

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POUA Honors Anne Finucane at Spring Celebration

Thank you to all of our supporters for making our Spring Celebration, honoring Anne Finucane, a wonderful and successful event. The event included remarks from Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman of Bank of America; Father J. Bryan Hehir, Secretary for Social Service and Health Care for the Archdiocese; Vicar General Bishop Peter J. Uglietto; and POUA President Lisa Alberghini. Thank you to all those who participated in the program, to the choir at Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton for starting off the evening, to our guests, to our sponsors (found here), and to our event committee, who worked to hard to make the celebration a success: Maria Barry, Mike Binette, Paul Bouton, Karen Fish-Will, Melissa Fish-Crane, Mike Fish, Kevin Leary, Gene Miller, and Joe Rettman. We were especially pleased to have Monsignor Michael F. Groden in attendance, who founded the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, and has done such great work in the name of social justice.

To watch video footage from the event, click here. All event photos can be found here. Video & photo credit: George Martell.

Uphams Crossing Wins 2017 Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award

POUA was thrilled to receive the 2017 Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award from Preservation Massachusetts at their annual Paul and Niki Tsongas Awards Dinner on May 10th. It is such an honor to receive this award for a project Mayor Menino was a huge part of. See video on Uphams Crossing from the event, below.

Photo credit: Albie Colantonio Photography for Preservation Massachusetts

Kennedy Apartments in Hanover: Closing Update

POUA is closing on Kennedy Apartments, which includes 37 units of Special Needs and Affordable Housing in Hanover. We are partnering with Cardinal Cushing Center on the project, converting a building on their campus into housing.

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POUA in the News

The Haverhill Gazette

The Lamp Post

Jun, 2017

Wicked Local Lincoln

Boston Archdiocese honors Lincoln’s Anne Finucane

Jun, 2017

The Pilot

Finucane honored by Planning Office for Urban Affairs

Jun, 2017

Cardinal Seán's Blog

Cardinal Seán’s Blog

Jun, 2017


East Coast Cannes: Haverhill will host experimental film festival

May, 2017

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