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

Harbor Place Lottery

The lottery for affordable housing at Harbor Place in Haverhill, MA is open from now until October 4th at this link. For those interested in learning more, there will be informational meetings Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 4 and 6 p.m., at Haverhill Public Library. Continue Reading

POUA Receives Historic Tax Credits

POUA recently received allocations of Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits on two of our projects: Kennedy Building Apartments in Hanover, MA and 48 Boylston Street in Boston, MA. Kennedy Building Apartments is the adaptive reuse of an existing dormitory building on the Cardinal Cushing Centers Campus into 37 units of mixed-income workforce housing and 48 Boylston Street is the rehabilitation of the Boston Young Men’s Christian Union building into 46 units of affordable housing. Continue Reading

Harbor Place Looks to the Future

On June 15th, POUA joined the Greater Haverhill Foundation, Mayor James Fiorentini, and Tim Jordan and others from Team Haverhill, to put together a time capsule to be opened in the year 2041 and to bury it within the (under construction) Harbor Place development. The team requested ideas from students, our future, and had town members vote on items to be included in the time capsule. Students from Tilton (elementary) School, Hunking (middle) School and Haverhill High chose items to be included, and one member of each class was chosen to a include a letter to his/her future self. The event summarized Haverhill's past and its present state, including the progress of the Harbor Place building, and looked towards it future.

Check out video from the event here, thanks to HC Media. Continue Reading

Thanks for voting for Uphams Crossing!

Thank you to all who voted for Uphams Crossing in the "Family" category for a Reader's Choice Award from Affordable Housing Finance! We are both thrilled to be nominated and to have gotten feedback from people who voted. Voting is closed, and we are looking out for the announcement of the winners in the coming weeks. To read more about the development, click here. Continue Reading

Uphams Crossing BRJP Hiring Numbers Highlighted

The Mayor's Office of Workforce Development included an article on POUA's Uphams Crossing development in their most recent newsletter. The article detailed the project's adherence to the Boston Residents Job Policy hiring numbers and how the team achieved their goals of hiring 45% Boston residents, 50% minority workers, and 6% female workers, to complete Uphams Crossing. Check out the article here. Continue Reading

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POUA in the News

Governor's office

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Affordable Housing Development Awards

Aug, 2016 - Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced awards to fund the development, renovation and preservation of affordable rental housing across the Commonwealth. This award round builds on the Administration's commitment to expanding affordable housing options for Massachusetts families. More


Affordable Housing Project in Massachusetts Will Help Those in Need

Aug, 2016 - Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has teamed up with local politicians to introduce a new project that would bring homes to those in need. More

Channel 22

$90M awarded to communities to house homeless families

Aug, 2016 - Governor Baker awarded more than $90 million in state and federal funds to help cities and towns build affordable housing units. The money will help 16 Massachusetts communities create and maintain more than 1,400 rental units. More

Boston Business Journal

Here are 26 affordable housing projects that just got $90M in state money

Aug, 2016 - Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday announced 26 housing projects across the commonwealth will receive a combined $90 million in state and federal tax credits and subsidy funds, funding that will go toward creating or preserving 1,420 rental units -- of which 1,334 are designated affordable. More

Banker & Tradesman

Baker Administration Announces Affordable Housing Development Awards

Aug, 2016 - The Baker Administration announced awards to fund the development, renovation and preservation of affordable rental housing across the commonwealth on Monday. The money will be used to create or preserve 1,420 housing units. More

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