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 $450 million of investment into neighborhoods and towns throughout metropolitan Boston.

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Haverhill’s Harbor Place is on the Move!

The Planning Office for Urban Affairs joined The Greater Haverhill Foundation and local and state officials at Pentucket Bank to celebrate the progress of the Harbor Place development on May 15th. All five floors of the commercial building have owners or tenants; the event celebrated the signing of...read more

City of Boston Works to Fight Human Trafficking

Mayor Marty Walsh and his office, Attorney General Maura Healey, the Boston Police and the Archdiocese of Boston are working together to help victims of human trafficking in Boston, including increasing law enforcement and developing a safe haven for women who were victimized.

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POUA and Students Team Up to Make Affordable Housing Happen

The Planning Office for Urban Affairs joined forces with graduate students for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston's Affordable Housing Development Competition on Monday, April 27th. Our staff worked with the students to create proposals for affordable housing developments that address the needs...read more

Housing Updates

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

135 Lafayette Dedication

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POUA in the News

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. ...read more

Downtown Developer Buys Former Winter St. School for Apts.

The former Winter Street School, 165 Winter Street, has been purchased by one of the groups involved in redevelopment of a block of Merrimack Street buildings. ...read more

Merrimack Street Ventures plans $80 million Harbor Place, Haverhill, MA

Haverhill, MA A new and innovative mixed-use waterfront complex and boardwalk has been planned for the city... Click the "read more" link for the full story. ...read more

Harbor Place, Harbors Haverhill’s Dreams for Its Future

The Heartbeat of Haverhill got a mysterious message Friday night from a very credible source – Mayor Fiorentini. “Be at the Pentucket Bank Community Room on Monday – can’t tell you why, but it will be good. Bring your camera.” ...read more

The home stretch - Former St. Joe’s complex slated to open in January

By Bethany Bray STAFF WRITER SALEM — Applications are now being accepted from people who would like to live at 135 Lafayette, the housing development under construction at the former St. Joseph Church site. ...read more

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