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

Dorchester Reporter

Mattapan residents weigh impacts of Cote Village build-out

Feb, 2016 - About 80 people packed into a community room at the Foley Senior Residences on River Street last Thursday night to hear the latest plans for Cote Village, a proposed 76-unit housing development that is under review by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. More

Haverhill Gazette

What’s in a name?

Jan, 2016 - Harbor Place is being built on the site of the former Woolworth building, which opened in 1949 and closed in 1970. “We will see in the Harbor Place project and several others that will commence...the negative impact of the flawed urban renewal projects of the 1960s reversed,’’ he said. More


Saving Haverhill’s past

Jan, 2016 - The Buttonwoods Museum is looking for space to house portions of the downtown's historic F.W. Woolworth Company lunch counter and stools while it raises money to refurbish pieces for public display. Dating back to when the store opened in 1949, the counter where people were served food and ice cream was salvaged before the Woolworth building was demolished last year to make room for the new Harbor Place development. More

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