Planning Office for Urban Affairs

About Us

The Planning Office for Urban Affairs (POUA) was established in 1969 and is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. POUA has developed nearly 3,000 units of affordable and mixed-income housing, including rental, homeownership and cooperative housing in 31 communities, with debt and equity financing in excess of $660 million. The office specializes in mixed-income family developments where they create broad economic diversity. Noteworthy examples of this include three award-winning developments, Rollins Square, a 184 -unit-mixed-income complex in Boston's South End, The St. Aidan, a 59 unit development in Brookline, both of which have been widely-praised as a premier example of high mission-oriented developments in very affluent neighborhoods, and the 57-unit Hayes Building at Railroad Square in Haverhill, the recipient of several awards including the ULI 2011 Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Model of Excellence. POUA completed the 51-unit family affordable rental 135 Lafayette Development in the Point Neighborhood of Salem, MA in December 2013 and completed the Uphams Crossing Residential Development at Uphams Corner in Dorchester, MA in the fall of 2015, which includes 80 affordable apartments with 20 apartments set aside for formerly homeless families, and received both Affordable Housing Finance Magazine's Readers' Choice Award for Best Family Housing in 2016, and Preservation Massachusetts's Mayor Menino Legacy Award in 2017. The Planning Office also completed The Apartments at 165 Winter St in Haverhill, MA in the fall of 2015, including 12 units of affordable housing, with 25% set aside for formerly homeless families, and Harbor Place in Haverhill, which includes 80 units of housing, a 5-story commercial building, and a public boardwalk. POUA's developments serve families with children; homeless individuals and families; frail elderly residents; the working poor; people with HIV/AIDS; and middle-income residents.

Contact Us

Lisa Alberghini, President

84 State Street, Suite 600
Boston,  Massachusetts   02109
Phone: (617) 350-8885

Housing Development and Rehabilitation

  • Single Family For-Sale Development
  • Single Family Rental Development
  • Multi-Family For-Sale Development
  • Multi-Family Rental Development
  • Commercial Development

    Property Management and Resident Programs

    • Resident Services