POAH's 10-year redevelopment attracted $400 million in public and private investments

A new study led by researchers Dr. Amy Khare Case Western Reserve University and Dr. April Jackson of the University of Illinois-Chicago found that more than a decade of investment in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago by POAH attracted more than $400 million in federal, state, and city funding, along with additional resources from various private and nonprofit partners. The study finds important neighborhood outcomes, including greater racial and income diversity. Chicago Housing Commissioner Marisa Novara and HUD Regional Administrator Diane Shelley spoke at POAH's webinar on the study attended remotely by 400 participants. Read more

Community Impact coordinators delivered 19,000+ services to residents in 2021

In 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic entered its second year, POAH’s dedicated Community Impact Coordinators (CICs) provided 18,928 individual services to residents, facilitated 2,500 vaccinations and connected others to $1.4 million in rental assistance. Read about these and other outcomes in the 2021 Community Impact Annual Report.

POAH opens Phase 2 of mixed-income development in Roxbury
The second phase of Flat 9 at Whittier provides a mix of 1-, 3- and 4 bedroom units for 52 households plus an outdoor courtyard and laundry room. Flat 9 was named for the musical note which is reflected in interior spaces decorated with jazz-themed prints from local artist Paul Goodnight.

Phase one was completed in January 2020. The redevelopment will eventually replace 200 public housing rental apartments with 210 deeply affordable apartments and create 262 additional units of mixed-income rental housing and 14,000 square feet of commercial space. Read more
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POAH completes $9 million renovations at senior properties near Narragansett Sound
Beachwinds Apartments is a 104-unit affordable housing community consisting of two senior properties, Beachwood Apartments and South Winds Apartments, in Narragansett.
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Understanding HUD’s Section 3 hiring provisions is key to complying with developer/contractor obligations
by Sophia Transtamar, POAH Senior Project Manager and Deanna Savage, POAH Vice President, Construction

A year ago, HUD’s Office of Field Policy and Management published guidance for developers and contractors to help them comply with Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968 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 “lessons learned” that can help partners navigate the labyrinth of the related regulations and rules. Read more

POAH launches five year strategic plan

The strategic plan was crafted in POAH’s 20th year, and defines a roadmap the team will follow over the next five years. The strategies and actions were developed with feedback from the POAH Board of Directors, residents, partners, and other stakeholders as a framework to support POAH's growing impact in service to our mission and our residents. Read the Strategic Plan
OUR MISSION: POAH's mission is to create, preserve and sustain affordable, healthy communities that provide economic security, racial equity and access to opportunity for all.