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

Vote for Uphams Crossing!

We are thrilled to announce that Uphams Crossing has been nominated in the "Family" category for a Reader's Choice Award from Affordable Housing Finance! The awards are based on votes, and if you have a subscription to the magazine or AHF's e-newsletter, you are able to vote at this link. You must include your subscriber number (on the most recent issue) or your email address that the newsletter comes to.

Uphams Crossing is under #4 in the Family category, and is also nominated for Best Overall under #13. To read more about the development, click here. Continue Reading

Uphams Crossing BRJP Hiring Numbers Highlighted

The Mayor's Office of Workforce Development included an article on POUA's Uphams Crossing development in their most recent newsletter. The article detailed the project's adherence to the Boston Residents Job Policy hiring numbers and how the team achieved their goals of hiring 45% Boston residents, 50% minority workers, and 6% female workers, to complete Uphams Crossing. Check out the article here. Continue Reading

Harbor Place Looks to the Future

On June 15th, POUA joined the Greater Haverhill Foundation, Mayor James Fiorentini, and Tim Jordan and others from Team Haverhill, to put together a time capsule to be opened in the year 2041 and to bury it within the (under construction) Harbor Place development. The team requested ideas from students, our future, and had town members vote on items to be included in the time capsule. Students from Tilton (elementary) School, Hunking (middle) School and Haverhill High chose items to be included, and one member of each class was chosen to a include a letter to his/her future self. The event summarized Haverhill's past and its present state, including the progress of the Harbor Place building, and looked towards it future. Continue Reading

HPN Member Meeting Features POUA Developments

The Housing Partnership Network's Spring Member Meeting, being held from June 1st through June 3rd, featured discussions at three POUA developments: Rollins Square in the South End, West End Place, and 48 Boylston Street. The discussions included conversations about the transformation of Boston's west end; creating mixed-tenure, mixed-income housing; and countering gentrification in Boston's Chinatown, as well as tours of the sites. We were thankful to be able to work with HPN, share conversation with people from all over the country, and showcase our developments! Continue Reading

Boston Globe Covers 48 Boylston Project

Thomas Farragher recently toured the building and spoke with our President Lisa Alberghini and St. Francis House Executive Director Karen LaFrazia. The article, found here, discusses the challenges of building affordable housing in a booming downtown area filled with new, high-end housing developments. Continue Reading

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POUA in the News

The Boston Globe

Amid the skyscrapers, a new home for the needy

Jun, 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

Haverhill Gazette

A whole new perspective

Jun, 2016 - For decades, the view of downtown from the Bradford side of the Merrimack River was anything but impressive... But now the view from across the river is far different - and is catching the eyes of people who live and work in Bradford. More

Haverhill Gazette

Benefits of Harbor Place continue to increase

Jun, 2016 - It seems the Harbor Place project will help Haverhill in more ways than you can count. There is the obvious gain of eventually having a complex occupied by people instead of the old Woolworth building, which stood empty for decades. More

Eagle-Tribune

A peek inside Haverhill’s time capsule

Jun, 2016 - On Wednesday, creators of a time capsule to be opened in 25 years announced what the capsule will contain. When the people of Haverhill open the capsule in 2041, they will see a brick from the old Woolworth building, a 2016 Hillie T-shirt, and photos of downtown White's Corner as it looks now and as it looked in 1892. More

Eagle-Tribune

Greetings, Citizens of Haverhill 2041

Jun, 2016 - If you're reading this story in 2041, you may have found it in a time capsule containing items from 25 years ago. The capsule was left in the Harbor Place project as it was being built downtown in 2016 to boost the city's economy. More

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