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

Haverhill is on the Move!

On November 19th, POUA celebrated the progress of Harbor Place with a topping off celebration, joined by Representative Brian Dempsey, UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, Mayor James Fiorentini and Ron Trombley and Sally O'Rorke from The Greater Haverhill Foundation. Read more on the celebration and project here.

Visit this link for a live feed of the development's progress in Haverhill, MA. Continue Reading

POUA Dedicates The Apartments at 165 Winter in Haverhill

On November 2nd we were thankful to celebrate the opening of The Apartments at 165 Winter on Winter Street in Haverhill, joined by Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Mayor James Fiorentini and Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay. The building, formerly a public school, now contains 12 units of affordable housing, with 25% being for extremely low-income households, and the remainder providing housing for middle-income households. Continue Reading

POUA Celebrates Uphams Crossing Dedication in Dorchester

We were so excited to celebrate the dedication of 80 units of affordable housing at the former site of the St. Kevin’s Parish in Dorchester October 29th. Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Mayor Marty Walsh, among our partners Bank of America, Department of Housing & Community Development and St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, helped cut the ribbon at the new site. The three buildings include 20 units of permanent affordable housing for homeless families and 60 units of workforce housing for moderate-income households. Continue Reading

Preserving Affordability in Chinatown: 48 Boylston Street

In partnership with St. Francis House, POUA plans to rehabilitate a designated Boston Landmark, the former BYMCU building located at 48 Boylston Street, to create 46 units of affordable housing in the Chinatown neighborhood of Boston. Later phases of the project are planned once the rehabilitation is complete, and will include additional affordable and moderate-income housing. POUA and St. Francis House have been meeting with various community groups over the past year to receive feedback on the project and gain support from local residents and businesses. On November 4th, we met with the Chinatown Resident Association (pictured) to discuss the project... Continue Reading

POUA Teams Up With CICD & AFLCIO on Cote Ford Project

The Cote Ford redevelopment is a partnership between the Planning Office for Urban Affairs (POUA) and the Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD), a locally based community development organization. Together, the two plan to redevelop the site in keeping with the standards of the neighborhood, while also bringing opportunities for economic growth in the area, with AFLCIO as their financial partner. Click on this link to see the site plans! 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

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