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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.

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Boston, MA

Learn about housing proposals in Boston and POAH's redevelopment of the Whittier Street Apartments here

Chicago, IL

On May 26, POAH named two apartment buildings in Chicago after longtime housing activist Mattie Butler read about it

Narragansett, RI

RIHousing awards POAH a grant to help provide free internet to Oxford Place & Gardens residents

Our Latest Thoughts

Wu Hits the Ground Running with Housing Agenda

March 29, 2022
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu is off to a strong start on affordable housing. In her first four months – in partnership with the City Council – she has increased funding for affordable housing production, eliminated the tent encampments at “Mass. and Cass” by placing homeless individuals in supportive housing, supported a real estate transfer fee to generate recurring funds for housing initiatives,... read more

Understanding HUD’s Section 3 local hiring provisions is key to complying with developer/contractor obligations

March 22, 2022
A year ago, HUD’s Office of Field Policy and Management published guidance for developers, contractors and subcontractors to help them comply with Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C § 1701u) requiring the hiring of low income workers at affordable housing developments that receive federal funding. The updated policies were welcomed by developers and contractors, but there are some “... read more

Growing without forcing out longtime residents? Woodlawn shows it can be done

January 27, 2022
Although construction of the Obama Presidential Center is underway and ordinances intended to ensure diversity have been passed, neither the fears nor the debate over the impact of this megadevelopment on adjacent neighborhoods appear to have diminished. For as much as the OPC investment heralds possible economic growth, it also raises concerns about gentrification and displacement of longtime... read more

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