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

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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Kennedy Apartments in Hanover Receive Funding

As part of Governor Baker’s announcement of awards on August 15th, the Planning Office for Urban Affairs received funding for Kennedy Apartments, its project submitted for funding in the 2016 rental housing round. Located in Hanover, this development will convert an existing building on the Cardinal Cushing campus in Hanover into 37 affordable units, 4 of which will be for DMH clients. With this long awaited last funding, POUA can now proceed to close on the financing and begin construction of this important project. Continue Reading

Harbor Place Lottery

We are now accepting applications for affordable apartments at Harbor Place in Haverhill, MA from now until October 4th at this link. Following this, we will be holding a lottery and processing applications based on lottery number. The lottery will be held on Wednesday, October 19th at 11AM at Haverhill Public Library.

For those interested in learning more, there will be informational meetings Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 4 and 6 p.m., at Haverhill Public Library. Continue Reading

Projects Receive Historic Tax Credits

Two projects POUA is taking part in recently received allocations of Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits: Kennedy Building Apartments in Hanover, MA, in which we are the developer, and 48 Boylston Street in Boston, MA, where we will be providing support to St. Francis House. Kennedy Building Apartments is the adaptive reuse of an existing dormitory building on the Cardinal Cushing Centers Campus into 37 units of mixed-income workforce housing and 48 Boylston Street is the rehabilitation of the Boston Young Men’s Christian Union building into 46 units of affordable housing. 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.

Check out video from the event here, thanks to HC Media. Continue Reading

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POUA in the News

Governor's office

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Affordable Housing Development Awards

Sep, 2016 - Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced awards to fund the development, renovation and preservation of affordable rental housing across the Commonwealth. This award round builds on the Administration's commitment to expanding affordable housing options for Massachusetts families. More


City’s new centerpiece: Harbor Place will be focal point of downtown, officials say

Sep, 2016 - The first tenants of the new Harbor Place commercial building are poised to begin moving in by the end of the year, but before that happens the public will get a sneak preview of the project. At 1 p.m., Sept. 23, members of the public are invited to take a stroll along a new 650-foot-long wooden boardwalk built atop the floodwall, then step inside the gleaming first-floor lobby, which leads to what will become a beautifully landscaped plaza overlooking the Merrimack River and ringed by patio tables outside of the restaurants expected to move in. More

Mass Nonprofit News

Cardinal Cushing Centers Master Plan Gets $11.9M Boost

Aug, 2016 - Cardinal Cushing Centers, a Hanover nonprofit that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, announced that $11.9 million in state and federal funding has been awarded to support a mixed-income historic rehabilitation project, a key part of its master plan to create a neighborhood where people of all abilities can live, work, and shop. The financing will be used to convert the Kennedy Building Apartments into 37 units of mixed-income workforce housing for a broad range of individuals and families, including those with disabilities. More


Affordable Housing Project in Massachusetts Will Help Those in Need

Aug, 2016 - Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has teamed up with local politicians to introduce a new project that would bring homes to those in need. More

Channel 22

$90M awarded to communities to house homeless families

Aug, 2016 - Governor Baker awarded more than $90 million in state and federal funds to help cities and towns build affordable housing units. The money will help 16 Massachusetts communities create and maintain more than 1,400 rental units. More

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