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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St. Kevin’s Redevelopment Website

You may visit for information related to the construction of our newest residential affordable workforce housing development in the Uphams Corner neighborhood of more

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 more

Housing Updates

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

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POUA in the News

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. 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. 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.” 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. 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. more

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