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

POUA Projects Receive Mass. Historic Rehab Tax Credits

Two projects POUA is taking part in recently received allocations in Round 39 of the competitive process for 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; 48 Boylston Street is the rehabilitation of the Boston Young Men’s Christian Union building into 46 units of affordable housing. Continue Reading

POUA Names Harbor Place Boardwalk After Chairman Brian Dempsey

On Friday December 16th we gathered to celebrate Harbor Place in Haverhill, and Chairman Brian Dempsey’s key role in making the project a reality. Brian Dempsey helped secure $36 million in state funding for the project, which includes 80 units of housing and a 5-story commercial building which will contain a UMass Lowell satellite campus, HC Media and headquarters for Pentucket Bank, as well as office space to be leased. The event celebrated Dempsey’s contributions to the project, which will honor him with the naming of the boardwalk after him. The event included speeches by Mayor James Fiorentini, UMass President Marty Meehan, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

Photo credit: North of Boston Media Group (The Eagle-Tribune)
Photo L to R: Ron Trombley (Greater Haverhill Foundation), Marty Meehan (President, UMass), Sally Cerasuolo-O'Rorke (Greater Haverhill Foundation), Jacqueline Moloney (Chancellor, UMass Lowell), Representative Brian Dempsey (Chairman of House Ways and Means), Representative Robert DeLeo (Speaker of the House), POUA President Lisa Alberghini Continue Reading

Winter Street Apartments Listed on National Register of Historic Places

On December 14th, 2016 at the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s board meeting, The Apartments at 165 Winter was unanimously voted for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service will publish this recommendation in the Federal Register and the listing will be completed in early 2017. This 1860's era school building was gut renovated after being vacant for several years, and converted by POUA into 12 units of housing in 2015. It is now contributing to the revitalization efforts of the City of Haverhill in the Lower Acre neighborhood, providing the area with much needed high-quality affordable housing. Continue Reading

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.

POUA President Lisa Alberghini and Project Manager Dave Aiken were grateful to accept the award at the AHF Live! conference from November 15th-17th in Chicago.

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

Photo by Sheri Whitko Photography Continue Reading

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POUA in the News


New Harbor Place Owner Keeps Part of Woolworth Name

Jan, 2017 - The establishment of a condominium ownership plan and first sales of office spaces at downtown’s new Harbor Place took place within the last month—with one buyer maintaining part of the former “Woolworth” department store name. More


New year, new look: Haverhill expects more downtown development in 2017

Jan, 2017 - The recent opening of Harbor Place to residential tenants — soon to be followed by the first commercial occupants — is just the start of a new look for downtown Haverhill. City leaders are optimistic about economic climate of the downtown this year. Several planned developments about to be launched. More

Cardinal Sean's Blog

He who was born in poverty and homelessness

Dec, 2016 - Among those volunteering with us was Lisa Alberghini, the director of Our Planning Office for Urban Affairs, which works very closely with Pine Street Inn on a number of housing projects. More

The Boston Globe

In Christmas homily, O’Malley focuses on the homeless

Dec, 2016 - The Diocese has a housing division that assists in converting buildings to low-income housing, O’Malley said, including a partnership with St. Francis House to develop a 46-unit building — visible from the window of the fifth-floor room of the shelter where he gave his homily — with residences for the homeless as well as subsidized units for working people. More


City dedicates boardwalk to state Rep.Dempsey

Dec, 2016 - More than 100 people gathered in the new Harbor Place building Friday to celebrate the naming of the city's new boardwalk in honor of state. Rep. Brian S. Dempsey. Dempsey, who helped secure $36 million in various forms of state funding for the $70 million project, is credited with not only paving the way for the project, but bringing a satellite campus of UMass Lowell to Haverhill, which officials said was crucial to making the project happen. More

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