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.
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:
(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) Continue Reading
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
The lottery for affordable housing at Harbor Place in Haverhill, MA is open from now until October 4th at this link.
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
POUA recently received allocations of Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits on two of our projects: Kennedy Building Apartments in Hanover, MA and 48 Boylston Street in Boston, MA. 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
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.
Aug, 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
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
Aug, 2016 - Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday announced 26 housing projects across the commonwealth will receive a combined $90 million in state and federal tax credits and subsidy funds, funding that will go toward creating or preserving 1,420 rental units -- of which 1,334 are designated affordable. More
Aug, 2016 - The Baker Administration announced awards to fund the development, renovation and preservation of affordable rental housing across the commonwealth on Monday. The money will be used to create or preserve 1,420 housing units. More