About POUA
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 2,500 units of housing to date, which has impacted the lives of over 10,000 people and channeled over $400 million of investment into neighborhoods and towns throughout metropolitan Boston.

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Barstow Village Dedication Ceremony - Photos

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on June 27th to celebrate the opening of Barstow Village, located at 60 Legion Drive, Hanover, MA. Developed in conjunction with E.A. Fish Development, Barstow Village provides much needed affordable housing for the elderly, 62 years of age and older. The development includes supportive services for the residents to help promote independent living. The program consists of 66 units--64 1-BR units and two 2-BRunits - in a 3-story building with approximately 77 parking spaces. The building architecture is reminiscent of grand examples of New England coastal architecture that is traditionally found throughout southeastern Massachusetts. Amenities include air conditioning, a community room with a kitchen, laundry facilities, a management office and outdoor patio and community space.

Rose Hill Manor Dedicated on April 17th 2012
Rose Hill Manor Dedicated on April 17th 2012 Photo Credit: George Martell Photography
Rose Hill Manor, 41 new units of affordable elderly housing in Billerica, MA, was dedicated on April 17th, a beautiful New England spring day. Rose Hill Manor opened on December 29th, 2011, just in time for new residents to celebrate the New Year! Sponsored with St. Theresa's Parish and situated on land behind the Parish, this development includes a community space and kitchen, a lounge and a wellness room with exercise equipment.

As one new resident writes, "I recently moved in and am still in awe over how magnificent this complex is. The amenities are wonderful including the fireplace in the lounge, the kitchens in the community room and lounge, even the bright and spacious laundry room. Please share with your team my thanks for giving me such a wonderful place to live." Funded primarily by the HUD Section 202 program, the development also includes funding from the Commonwealth's Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Housing Stabilization Fund, Housing Innovation Fund, and Community Based Housing Fund. The building is now almost completely occupied. Designed by The Architectural Team and constructed by Vertec Construction, the community is managed by Maloney Properties.

Upton Street Apartments Dedication
Upton Street Dedication On October 19th dozens of supporters - including Cardinal Sean O'Malley and Mayor Thomas Menino - dedicated 40 Upton Street, 18 units of permanent, supportive housing for homeless women and men. This project underscores the great need for and deep interest in developing communities like 40 Upton Street.

Financial support came from MA Department of Housing and Community Development, the City of Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development, Neighborhood Housing Trust, the Boston Housing Authority, Bank of America, Massachusetts Life Insurance Community Investment Initiative, John Hancock Financial Services, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Now fully occupied, the formerly homeless residents enjoy studio units with private baths and kitchenettes. Amenities include community space, laundry facilities, an outdoor patio and a bike rack with bicycles donated for the resident's use. As one resident said, "Moving into Upton Street was like a dream come true. I had been homeless for a long time, and prayed everyday for a place of my own. Receiving the keys to my unit was an overwhelming feeling that I just can't describe. My hard work and dedication to getting out of shelter had really paid off. There is nothing like having your own set of keys and a roof over your head that you can call your own. I never expected the building and the units to be so beautiful. I am truly blessed." - James S.

Designed by Davis Square Architects and constructed by NEI Construction the new complex is managed and operated by the Pine Street Inn - without whose initiative, 40 Upton Street might never have started.

Welcome to David Aiken, the Planning Office's Newest Staff Member!
Welcome to David Aiken, the Planning Office's Newest Staff Member!Photo (L to R): David Aiken, POUA; Lisa Alberghini, POUA; Jane Thomassen, Sherin & Lodgen, LLP; and State Rep. Kevin Honan. Photo Courtesy of MBHP; 2011 Founders Event
In November, Dave Aiken joined the office to replace Molly Ekerdt who left in September. David comes to us from a small affordable housing development consulting firm in Philadelphia where he most recently was a project manager, leading the complex restructuring of a 125 unit Section 236 housing development built in the 1970s that was awarded 9% LIHTC, NSP2 funds, and a HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant. Dave is a resident of Jamaica Plain, an avid cyclist and public transit advocate, and is dedicated to furthering the mission of POUA and developing high-quality housing for residents of Greater Boston. Dave can be reached at daiken@poua.org or 617-350-8885.

Hayes at Railroad Square Wins ULI and NH&RA Awards
Hayes at Railroad Square Wins ULI and NH&RA Awards The success and impact of the Hayes at Railroad Square continues to be recognized on a local and national basis. In addition to receiving the Urban Land Institute's prestigious 2011 Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Award, the Hayes has also received several other awards recognizing the innovative structure of the Hayes and this role this historic rehabilitation effort played in the larger community. Hayes at Railroad Square Wins ULI and NH&RA Awards In October, the Hayes received a Merit Award from Multifamily Executive magazine for "Best Adaptive Reuse". In November, the Hayes was the recipient of the J. Timothy Anthony Award from the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association for the "Most Advanced Financial Structure". Finally, Preservation Massachusetts has recently selected the Hayes to receive a Paul E. Tsongas Award, which celebrates role that developments like the Hayes play in revitalizing communities, spurring investment, creating jobs and enhancing the quality of life in communities. We are grateful to all of our public and private partners, as well as our dedicated team who helped make the success of the Hayes possible.