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

Uphams Crossing wins Best Family Development in the Nation!

Uphams Crossing, a new 80-unit affordable housing community developed by the Planning Office for Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Boston, has won the 2016 Affordable Housing Finance Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for Best Family Housing in the United States. The development was built on a former parish property and includes 20 units for previously homeless families. Read the announcement of awards here and read more about the project here.

Thank you so much for voting, and for all of your support!

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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

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POUA in the News


Officials Cut Ribbon at Merrimack Street Boardwalk Extension

Sep, 2016 - A ribbon-cutting ceremony in downtown Haverhill Friday marked a connection between new and existing portions of the Merrimack River boardwalk off Merrimack Street. The public and dignitaries, including Mayor James J. Fiorentini, Rep. Brian S. Dempsey and several city councilors, gathered for the ceremony behind Haverhill Bank, where an existing portion of boardwalk meets a newly constructed section extending to the rear of the ongoing Harbor Place development project. More


Harbor Place boardwalk impresses first guests

Sep, 2016 - More than 200 people took a stroll along the new Harbor Place boardwalk on Friday when the project’s developers hosted a sneak peak before the official opening at the end of the year. The tour was led by state Rep. Brian Dempsey, Mayor James Fiorentini and representatives from Merrimack Street Ventures, a partnership of the Greater Haverhill Foundation and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs that is building Harbor Place. More


Tour the new Harbor Place boardwalk on Friday

Sep, 2016 - Merrimack Street Ventures LLC, a partnership of the Greater Haverhill Foundation and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs will host a public tour of the new Harbor Place boardwalk on Friday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. beginning at the Basiliere Bridge. The tour will be led by State Rep. Brian Dempsey, Mayor James Fiorentini and representatives from Merrimack Street Ventures. More


Harbor Place ‘Sneak Peek’ Takes Place Friday

Sep, 2016 - A public “sneak peek” of a new section of downtown boardwalk, behind the ongoing Harbor Place construction project, takes place Friday afternoon. State Rep. Brian S. Dempsey of Haverhill, House Ways and Means Committee chairman; Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini; and representatives from Harbor Place developer Merrimack Street Ventures will lead a tour beginning Friday, 1 p.m., from the Basiliere Bridge, Main and Merrimack streets, according to statement Monday. More


Downtown traffic trouble ends soon

Sep, 2016 - Downtown drivers and business people who have dealt with frequent road closures during the summer because of Harbor Place construction are being asked to be patient for a bit longer... William Pillsbury, the city's economic development and planning director, said the disruptions, as inconvenient as they might be, are a necessary part of the Harbor Place development project at the eastern end of Merrimack Street. More

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