Maxwell Frost made history last month as the first member of Gen Z to be elected to the U.S. Congress.
That didn’t help him get an apartment in the nation’s capital though.
Frost, who was elected in November to represent Florida’s 10th congressional district in the House, tweeted on Thursday that he applied to an apartment in Washington, D.C., including paying an application fee, before he was denied.
“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, lost the apartment, and the application fee. This ain’t meant for people who don’t already have money.” Frost tweeted.
“For those asking, I have bad credit cause I ran up a lot of debt running for Congress for a year and a half. Didn’t make enough money from Uber itself to pay for my living,” he added.
USA TODAY has reached out to Frost’s campaign for more information.
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The median rent in Washington, D.C., is $2,600, according to online real estate marketplace Zillow. That includes all property types and all bedrooms.
The apartment Frost applied for is in Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yard neighborhood, according to multiple reports. which is located approximately 1.5 miles from the U.S. Capitol building. He also said the application fee was $50.
Members of the House make an annual salary of $174,000, but Frost will not be paid that salary until he is sworn in next year.
Frost on Twitter noted that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., also shared concerns about the financial challenges newly elected lawmakers can face after winning their races. She told the New York Times in 2018, before she was sworn in, “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.”
At the time, she said she and her partner were “kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January.”
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