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.

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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. (Photo: David Aiken, more

Harbor Place Over Time

Watch the time lapse video, or visit this link for a live feed of the Harbor Place development in Haverhill, MA. 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

Housing Updates

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

135 Lafayette Dedication more

POUA in the News

Now + Next: St. Kevin’s

The St. Kevin's Redevelopment is located in the heart of Upham's Corner in Dorchester, MA, and shares a corner with the historic Pilgrim Church and the Strand Theater. The former St. Kevin's campus is being repurposed as 80 units of mixed-income affordable workforce housing, including a community space on the ground floor in the newly constructed building. more

Walsh joins mayors at Vatican vowing to tackle climate change, poverty

Mayor Marty Walsh and 60+ mayors joined together at the Vatican July 21 to address the issues of climate change and trafficking, promising to take action on their homefronts. more

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation: St. Joseph’s

Planning Office for Urban Affairs (POUA) of the Archdiocese of Boston collaborated with Bank of America Community Development Corporation to redevelop the former St. Joseph's Parish in Salem. After the Parish closed in 2004, the church building sat vacant for 9 years before being demolished. more

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation: St. Kevin’s

In 2010, Planning Office for Urban Affairs (POUA) approached CEDAC for predevelopment financing to redevelop the campus of the former St. Kevin's School into 80 units of affordable rental housing in the Upham's Corner area of Dorchester, just blocks from shopping, schools, and the campus of St. Mary's Women and Children's Center. more

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

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