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Welcome to POAH

POAH is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, create and sustain affordable, healthy homes that support economic security, racial equity and access to opportunity for all.

Scarborough, Maine

Assistive technology, universal and green design will promote independent living for disabled individuals in the heart of a Maine community Read more


Two POAH Properties receive funding awards from Healey-Driscoll Administration Announcing $227 Million in Awards to Create, Preserve Nearly 2,000 Housing Units Read more

Chicago, IL

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin joins officials, funders, supporters and residents to celebrate kick off of renovations at Island Terrace affordable housing Read more

Our Latest Thoughts

How Rental Housing Can Support Meaningful Civic Engagement

April 16, 2024
At Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), we understand that stable, affordable housing is foundational for a family to achieve long term stability, pursue career and education goals, and achieve economic mobility. We also believe rental housing is an underutilized platform to help families with low and moderate incomes exercise their civic power. Why focus on renters? Renters are... read more

Community Revitalization Is Hard to Get Right. Here’s How It Can Succeed

January 4, 2024
by William Towns, POAH Board Member and Adjunct Professor in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University  Whether it goes by “urban renewal,” “neighborhood transformation,” or “community reinvestment,” the effort to make American cities prosperous and equitable is among the central challenges of the post-pandemic recovery. The goals of these initiatives are usually clear enough:... read more

Case Study 2023: Energy Renovations at Salem Heights

December 11, 2023
Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) has published a case study about POAH's energy renovations at Salem Heights Apartments in Salem, MA with lessons learned and advice to other developers. Here is an excerpt: