Maxwell Frost said he was rejected from an apartment in Washington just a month after being elected to Congress. The 25-year-old Florida Democrat made history when he became the first Congressman from Generation Z, and only the second person elected in the US born in the 1990’s. But now, Mr Frost has claimed he is unable to find housing in the US Capitol over bad credit.
Taking to Twitter, the Democrat said: “Just applied to an apartment in DC where I told the guy that my credit was really bad.
“He said I’d be fine. Got denied, and lost the apartment and the application fee.
“This ain’t meant for people who don’t already have money.”
“For those asking, I have bad credit because I ran up a lot of debt running for Congress for a year and a half”, Mr Frost then added.
“Didn’t make enough money from Uber itself to pay for my living.”
Mr Frost continued and said he racked up debt to win “our very difficult race”.
“For that primary, I quit my full-time job because I knew that to win at 25 yrs old, I’d need to be a full-time candidate”, he added.
“7 days a week, 10-12 hours a day. It’s not sustainable or right but it’s what we had to do.
“As a candidate, you can’t give yourself a stipend or anything till the very end of your campaign.
“So most of the run, you have no $ coming in unless you work a second job.”
Mr Frost however noted “in two years’ time, my credit will be okay because of my new salary that starts next year”, but said, “we have to do better for the whole country”.
The median rent in Washington, D.C. is around $2,600 as of December, according to Zillow.
While his congressional salary will pay Mr Frost $174,000 annually, that new income won’t automatically fix his credit score, which landlords often use to approve or deny new tenants.
Nearly 1 in 3 members of Gen Z currently live at home with parents or other relatives, according to a Credit Karma study from earlier this year.
Rent prices rose an average of 10 percent nationally in 2022, and of Gen Zers who have been able to leave home, 32 percent are spending half their monthly income on housing, Credit Karma found.
After being elected in 2018, Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) confessed she would struggle to move to D.C. before her new salary kicked in.
She told the New York Times: “I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress.
“So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.”
Ms Ocasio-Cortez, 33, remains the youngest woman in Congress, but Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) is currently the youngest member, at 27 years old.
Mr Cawthorn will maintain the title of the youngest person elected to Congress, at 25 years and 155 days, but Mr Frost will become the youngest sitting member when he’s sworn in in January.