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 2,600 units of housing to date, which has impacted the lives of over 11,000 people and channeled over $421 million of investment into neighborhoods and towns throughout metropolitan Boston.

What's New

St. Kevin’s Redevelopment Moving Forward

In June 2013, the Commonwealth's Department of Housing and Community Development awarded the funds enabling the last pieces of financing to come together for the redevelopment of the St. Kevin's Parish in Upham's Corner into 80 units of affordable workforce housing. POUA is working towards a late...read more

Hayes at Railroad Square Wins ULI and NH&RA Awards

The success and impact of the Hayes at Railroad Square continues to be recognized on a local and national basis. In addition to receiving the Urban Land Institute's prestigious 2011 Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Award, the Hayes has also received several other awards recognizing...read more

Housing Updates

135 Lafayette Apartments, Salem - Construction Progress Photos

Windows in and almost ready for siding
Windows in and almost ready for siding


A top floor apartment - windows in!
A top floor apartment - windows in...read more

POUA in the News

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

Mystery of St. Joseph statue uncovered

For 64 years, the 12-foot tall statue of St. Joseph watched from beneath the ground as the city of Salem bustled and grew above it. ...read more

Affordable Senior Housing Opens in Billerica

The Pilot ...read more

Forty to call new 40B units home

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We are neighborhood building

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