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

Voting Begins for AHF Readers Choice Awards!

Harbor Place is nominated for Best Mixed-Use Housing in the nation in Affordable Housing Finance magazine's Readers Choice Awards this year! Voting has begun!

To vote for Harbor Place under Mixed-Use (category 7) click here!

To read more about Harbor Place, click here. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Planning Office for Urban Affairs and the residents we are honored to serve.

Update: Kennedy Apartments in Hanover

POUA began construction on Kennedy Apartments, which includes 37 units of Special Needs and Affordable Housing in Hanover. We are partnering with Cardinal Cushing Center on the project, converting a building on their campus into housing.

POUA Honors Anne Finucane at Spring Celebration

Thank you to all of our supporters for making our Spring Celebration, honoring Anne Finucane, a wonderful and successful event. The event included remarks from Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman of Bank of America; Father J. Bryan Hehir, Secretary for Social Service and Health Care for the Archdiocese; Vicar General Bishop Peter J. Uglietto; and POUA President Lisa Alberghini. Thank you to all those who participated in the program, to the choir at Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton for starting off the evening, to our guests, to our sponsors (found here), and to our event committee, who worked to hard to make the celebration a success: Maria Barry, Mike Binette, Paul Bouton, Karen Fish-Will, Melissa Fish-Crane, Mike Fish, Kevin Leary, Gene Miller, and Joe Rettman. We were especially pleased to have Monsignor Michael F. Groden in attendance, who founded the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, and has done such great work in the name of social justice.

To watch video footage from the event, click here. All event photos can be found here. Video & photo credit: George Martell.

Uphams Crossing Wins 2017 Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award

POUA was thrilled to receive the 2017 Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award from Preservation Massachusetts at their annual Paul and Niki Tsongas Awards Dinner on May 10th. It is such an honor to receive this award for a project Mayor Menino was a huge part of. See video on Uphams Crossing from the event, below.

Photo credit: Albie Colantonio Photography for Preservation Massachusetts

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POUA in the News

Boston Business Journal

On the right track: A city-owned parcel will become Cote Village

Jul, 2017


Dempsey to leave Legislature for job with lobbying firm

Jul, 2017

Affordable Housing Finance Magazine

Development Revitalizes Waterfront in Haverhill, Mass.

Jul, 2017


State Agency Provides $500,000 Loan for Harbor Place Site Cleanup

Jun, 2017

The Haverhill Gazette

The Lamp Post

Jun, 2017

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