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 Receives MassWorks Funding

(photo L to R: Sally Cerasuolo-O'Rorke of GHF, Governor Baker, Lisa Alberghini and Bill Grogan of POUA, Mayor Fiorentini, Chairman Demspey)

On November 2nd we were joined by Governor Baker at the site of Harbor Place in Haverhill, where he announced that the city will receive $9 million from the state through the MassWorks grant program, $6.9 million of which is for Harbor Place. The grant will help fund Phase 2 of Harbor Place, including adjusting the grades in the downtown to create a development platform, 35 units of new housing, and public space and amenities. The development has been made possible in particular by the work of Chairman Brian Dempsey, and also with the support of Mayor Fiorentini. POUA is working in partnership with the Greater Haverhill Foundation.



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Uphams Crossing wins Best Family Development in the Nation!

Uphams Crossing, a new 80-unit affordable housing community developed by the Planning Office for Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Boston, has won the 2016 Affordable Housing Finance Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for Best Family Housing in the United States. The development was built on a former parish property and includes 20 units for previously homeless families. Read the announcement of awards here and read more about the project here.

Thank you so much for voting, and for all of your support!

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Harbor Place Holds Lottery

A standing room only crowd witnessed the lottery for the 56 affordable workforce rental units at Harbor Place, which was held on Wednesday, October 19th. Over 1,150 applications were received for the 56 units, which are available for households earning from 30% to 110% of area median income. The incredible response to these units demonstrates the continued need for high quality affordable workforce housing in the area, and the team at POUA is excited that people will be able to call Harbor Place “home” within the next two months.

Check out the Eagle-Tribune’s article on how Harbor Place has inspired the city of Haverhill’s industrial growth. Continue Reading

Haverhill Gets First Look at Harbor Place Boardwalk

On September 23rd POUA and the Greater Haverhill Foundation held a tour of the Harbor Place boardwalk and a ribbon cutting ceremony with Rep. Brian Dempsey, Mayor James Fiorentini, Chancellor Jacquie Moloney of UMass Lowell, and local elected officials. The boardwalk along the Merrimack River off Merrimack Street was open to the public for the afternoon, and will remain closed until the project’s completion at the end of the year. About 200 people, along with the state reps and city councilors, participated in the walk along the boardwalk, showcasing the progress of the Harbor Place development and the connection between new and old pieces of the boardwalk. Harbor Place will house HC Media, a satellite campus for UMass Lowell and Pentucket Bank’s corporate headquarters in its commercial building. The second building includes 80 units of mixed-income housing, and first-floor restaurants and retail spaces.


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Rental Housing Award Announcement

(photo L to R: Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, POUA President Lisa Alberghini, St. Francis House ED Karen LaFrazia, Governor Charlie Baker, Undersecretary Chrystal Kornegay)

On August 15th Governor Charlie Baker announced that 26 projects will receive funding to create affordable housing, including 48 Boylston where the event took place. St. Francis House (SFH), the largest day shelter in Boston for the homeless, is Sponsor of the 48 Boylston project and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs is happy to be providing support to SFH as they work to convert the property. The development involves the rehabilitation of the Boston Young Men’s Christian Union into 46 units of affordable housing, 26 of which will be for people who have experienced homelessness or are extremely low-income.

Information on the Governor’s announcement can be found here, as well as in the below video:



Video credit: Governor's office
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POUA in the News

Haverhill Gazette

The Lamp Post

Nov, 2016 - The $9 million from the state is on top of more than $20 million Massachusetts spent on Harbor Place at the eastern end of Merrimack Street. Harbor Place will contain a UMass Lowell satellite campus, a variety of businesses and housing — all designed to boost the economy in that end of downtown. More

HPN Member Newsletter

News from the Housing Partnership Network

Nov, 2016 - AHF announces winners of 2016 Readers' Choice Awards (Affordable Housing Finance) More

Horsley Witten Newsflash

Adaptive Re-use & Affordable Housing

Nov, 2016 - HW is working with the Archdiocese Planning Office for Urban Affairs (POUA) to help develop affordable housing on vacant or underutilized church property. The property is an existing convent in Brockton, Massachusetts. The main building will be an adaptive re-use of 38 residential units, and the rest of the site will be redeveloped with 137 units. More

Affordable Housing Finance Magazine

Uphams Crossing Wins Best Family Project

Nov, 2016 - Check out AHF Magazine's November issue where they publish the list of Readers' Choice Awards Winners, including Uphams Crossing for Best Family Project! More

Cardinal Cushing Connector

Momentum building: Funding advances Kennedy project

Nov, 2016 - The vision of creating a neighborhood at Cardinal Cushing Centers where people of all abilities can live, work and shop has come into much clearer focus with the procurement of $11.9 million in state and federal funding. Cushing is collaborating with the Planning Office for Urban Affairs - a nonprofit developer affiliated with the Archdiocese of Boston - to convert the Kennedy Building into 37 rental units of affordable workforce housing. More

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