Our Mission

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.

What's New

HPN Member Meeting Features POUA Developments

The Housing Partnership Network's Spring Member Meeting, being held from June 1st through June 3rd, will feature discussions at three POUA developments. Discussions will be on Rollins Square in the South End, West End Place, and 48 Boylston Street and will include conversations about the transformation of Boston's west end; creating mixed-tenure, mixed-income housing; and countering gentrification in Boston's Chinatown. Check back here after the conference for photos and discussion points. Continue Reading

Boston Globe Covers 48 Boylston Project

Thomas Farragher recently toured the building and spoke with our President Lisa Alberghini and St. Francis House Executive Director Karen LaFrazia. The article, found here, discusses the challenges of building affordable housing in a booming downtown area filled with new, high-end housing developments. Continue Reading

POUA featured in MassHousing annual report

MassHousing's 2015 Annual Report featured stories on two POUA residents: Christine Wright of Uphams Crossing and Nicole Carter of The Apartments at 165 Winter. Thank you to MassHousing for highlighting their incredible stories and journeys to affordable housing. (Christine Wright and daughter Gianna pictured, credit: Mike Ritter). Continue Reading

Kennedy Building Apartments Receive Historic Tax Credits

POUA is thrilled that in April 2016 the Kennedy Building Apartments received another allocation of Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits in the amount of $200,000 for a total of $1.8 million in MAHRTC, which will be used towards the adaptive reuse of this historic structure into 37 affordable and middle-income apartments in Hanover which we anticipate will begin construction in early 2017. Continue Reading

Harbor Place Makes Progress

The Harbor Place development in Haverhill is making progress and will begin marketing soon. Check this link to see its progress! Continue Reading

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POUA in the News

The Boston Globe

Amid the skyscrapers, a new home for the needy

May, 2016 - With all those construction cranes on the skyline and the pretty artists’ renderings of Boston’s newest glass-and-chrome towers, sometimes it’s easy to forget the other side of the development coin. More

MHP Annual Report

MassHousing Annual Report 2015

May, 2016 - MassHousing's annual report for 2015, with photos of Uphams Crossing and The Apartments at 165 Winter Street residents and their stories. More

Dorchester Reporter

BRA approves Cote Village housing complex

Apr, 2016 - The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved Mattapan’s Cote Village project at its Thursday board meeting, estimating $31.2 million needed for the housing build-out. Of the nine BRA projects approved Thursday, valued at $1.3 billion, the five-story Cote Village housing complex will rise from a the site of a vacant auto dealership on the corner of Cummins Highway and Regis Road. It sits near a planned Fairmount LIne commuter rail stop. More

Boston Business Journal

What the BRA approved: April 2016

Apr, 2016 - A partnership of Caribbean Integration Community Development and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs was approved to build Cote Village, a 106,977-square-foot, 76-unit residential building at the site of a former car dealership at 820 Cummins Highway and 30-32 Regis Road in Mattapan. The complex will include 68 units designated affordable, as well as 1,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and a 12,000-square-foot public plaza. More

Eagle Tribune

City eyes new downtown investors

Apr, 2016 - When the Harbor Place project kicked off downtown, business and city leaders said they expected it would be a catalyst for other development on Merrimack Street. Now, as Harbor Place takes shape, several other properties farther down Merrimack Street are for sale or have recently been sold. More

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