“As a paralegal, a homeowner, and the wife of a veteran, I know how difficult it can be to cut through red tape to get the services we need. I’m running for Register to make the office work better for every resident.” Katie Forde, Democrat for Register of Deeds
I will work with the Secretary of State to create the position of Veterans Coordinator in the Registry of Deeds. We will recruit and hire veterans to research homeowners with VA loans and do proactive outreach to those residents and connect them with community organizations that may be able to assist them with benefits and programming available to veterans.
The Veterans Coordinator will work with other state and city agencies and organizations to make sure veterans have access to the benefits and protections they are entitled to.
Property Tax Exemptions for Disabled Veterans
Currently, disabled veterans qualify for property tax exemptions. Unfortunately, if they move to a new property after July 1 in any given year, that benefit doesn’t move with them for up to 18 months. This results in an undue delay in receiving a benefit which they have earned.
As Register, I will work with city councillors and state legislators to update the law and better serve our military families in Suffolk County.
Protecting Veterans from Discrimination
It is illegal to discriminate against someone in the sale or rental of housing because of a person’s membership in a protected class, including veteran status.
We need to do everything we can to ensure veterans are not being unfairly targeted. Sellers should affirm offers are not being rejected based on the veteran using a VA loan for a mortgage.
As Register, I will work with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Attorney General’s Office to make sure we are protecting veterans and other vulnerable buyers and renters at every step of the housing process.