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, neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing advocacy. The Planning Office is responsible for the development of over 2,700 units of housing to date, which has impacted the lives of over 11,000 people and channeled over $625 million of investment into neighborhoods and towns throughout metropolitan Boston.

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POUA Teams Up With CICD & AFLCIO on Cote Ford Project

This project is a partnership between the Planning Office for Urban Affairs (POUA) and the Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD), a locally based community development organization. Together, the two plan to redevelop the site in keeping with the standards of the neighborhood, more

Move-in Update: St Kevin’s, Dorchester

We are extremely excited to announce that two of the three new buildings at St. Kevin’s are complete and residents began moving into the second building on July 15th! All 33 apartments in these buildings are leased with residents moving in over the course of the summer. more


POUA President Lisa Alberghini met up with Jo Ann Simons, President and CEO of Cardinal Cushing Center (right) at the Center's Spring Gala on Thursday June 4th at The Westin Copley Plaza. The event honored the memory and legacy of Lenny Florence and Tip O'Neill and honored Leo and more

Update: St. Kevin’s Redevelopment

POUA is pleased to announce that the first building at St. Kevin’s in Dorchester is complete. The 12 townhouse-style apartments at 35 Bird Street will be occupied by the first residents in mid-June! more

Housing Updates

135 Lafayette, Salem - Dedication - Saturday 9/27/14 Noon

135 Lafayette Dedication more

POUA in the News

Massachusetts Housing Partnership Annual Report 2014

Since coming here from the Dominican Republic, Amanda Nunez's climb up the job ladder has included Dunkin Donuts, Payless Shoes and a lighting store in Lynn, where she is now putting her education and love of home design to work... Credit Nunez's work ethic for reaching (her) goal, but give assists to the Archdiocese's Planning Office for Urban Affairs, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and the state Department of Housing and Community Development. more

Harbor Place, up close

This special section focuses on the progress to be made in the eastern end of downtown through the Harbor Place project. It will bring in a UMass Lowell satellite campus, river boardwalk and courtyard, businesses and housing--all predicted to boost the economy. more

Harbor Place to open by late 2016

It's coming together quickly. Locals are excited to see the progress that is being made on the Harbor Place project, following the relatively quick demolition of the Woolworth and other Merrimack Street buildings this year. more

Harbor Place Commercial Building to Become ‘Pentucket Bank Plaza’

The new commercial building replacing F.W. Woolworth's in downtown Haverhill will be known as "Pentucket Bank Plaza," bank officials said Tuesday. The five-story building is one of two associated with Harbor Place being developed by a consortium of the Greater Haverhill Foundation and the Boston Archdiocese's Planning Office for Urban Affairs Inc. more

Harbor Place ‘sold out’ as downtown rebirth continues

The Harbor Place project is "sold out"--and that's good news as the eastern end of downtown braces for a comeback, local leaders said. They said all spaces of the commercial project planned for the site of the former Woolworth building have been sold or leased. more

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