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, featured discussions at three POUA developments: Rollins Square in the South End, West End Place, and 48 Boylston Street. The discussions included conversations about the transformation of Boston's west end; creating mixed-tenure, mixed-income housing; and countering gentrification in Boston's Chinatown, as well as tours of the sites. We were thankful to be able to work with HPN, share conversation with people from all over the country, and showcase our developments! 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

Jun, 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

Haverhill Gazette

A whole new perspective

Jun, 2016 - For decades, the view of downtown from the Bradford side of the Merrimack River was anything but impressive... But now the view from across the river is far different - and is catching the eyes of people who live and work in Bradford. More

Haverhill Gazette

Benefits of Harbor Place continue to increase

Jun, 2016 - It seems the Harbor Place project will help Haverhill in more ways than you can count. There is the obvious gain of eventually having a complex occupied by people instead of the old Woolworth building, which stood empty for decades. More


A peek inside Haverhill’s time capsule

Jun, 2016 - On Wednesday, creators of a time capsule to be opened in 25 years announced what the capsule will contain. When the people of Haverhill open the capsule in 2041, they will see a brick from the old Woolworth building, a 2016 Hillie T-shirt, and photos of downtown White's Corner as it looks now and as it looked in 1892. More


Greetings, Citizens of Haverhill 2041

Jun, 2016 - If you're reading this story in 2041, you may have found it in a time capsule containing items from 25 years ago. The capsule was left in the Harbor Place project as it was being built downtown in 2016 to boost the city's economy. More

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