The elected member of Congress who is expected to become the first Gen Z member to serve in Congress said Thursday that his application to rent an apartment in Washington, DC, was denied because of his “really bad” credit.
“I just applied for an apartment in DC where I told the guy my credit was really bad. He said I would be fine. I was refused, I lost the apartment and the application fees. It’s not for people who don’t already have money,” Maxwell Frost said in a tweet.
Frost, an Orlando-based community organizer, made history last month when he won election in Florida’s 10th congressional district at just 25 years old. Frost surprised party leaders with his victory in a crowded primary filled with high-profile political figures to replace incumbent Representative Val Demings, before comfortably winning against his Republican opponent in a solidly blue district.
In a Twitter feedthe congressman-elect expressed his frustration at the idea of moving to the capital, saying he had bad credit because he “had racked up a lot of debt running for Congress for a year and a half” and that he hadn’t made enough money working for Uber to pay the cost of living.
Frost said he quit his full-time job during the primary of his race because “I knew to win at 25, I had to be a full-time candidate.” 7 days a week, 10 to 12 hours a day. It’s not sustainable or fair, but it’s what we had to do.
“As a candidate, you can’t give yourself an allowance or anything until the very end of your campaign,” he added. “So most of the time you don’t have any dollars unless you have a second job.”
CNN has reached out to Frost’s office for comment.
In comments to The Washington Post, Frost declined to identify the building, the size of his debt or his credit rating, but said the building where his claim was rejected was in the city’s Navy Yard neighborhood, about a mile from the US Capitol. He said he forfeited the $50 application fee.
Frost isn’t the only new congressman who has struggled to find housing in DC.
On Twitter, he referenced New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who in 2018 became the youngest woman elected to Congress at 29 — and also struggled as a new lawmaker to find affordable housing in Washington on his then salary. .
Frost stressed that once his congressional salary kicks in, he’ll be fine, adding that “we need to do better” for others.
“I also recognize that I’m talking about a point of privilege because in 2 years my credit will be okay thanks to my new salary starting next year,” Frost said. “We have to do better for the whole country.”
Members of the House and Senate earn $174,000 a year, according to the Congressional Research Service, but that salary won’t start until Frost is sworn in on Jan. 3.