12:35 PM PT -- Rep.-elect Maxwell Alejandro Frost is doubling down on the fact that he feels "the system" isn't created for folks who don't already have a ton of cash. We talked to him on "TMZ Live" after getting denied for his place in D.C. ... and he says he's left with no choice but to couch surf or look at options on Airbnb.
He tells us, he believes it's important to share his struggle so that people understand just how hard the entry point is to positions of power ... at least, if you aren't already loaded.
Florida Congressman-Elect Maxwell Alejandro Frost, the first Gen Z candidate to make it to Congress, says he tried applying for an apartment in Washington, D.C. -- but got denied because of low credit.
25-year-old Frost let out his housing frustrations Thursday, tweeting ... "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."
He says, "This ain't meant for people who don't already have money," before answering some follow-up questions -- mainly telling people his credit tanked because of all the debt he got while running for Congress.
He added, and not jokingly, "Didn't make enough money from Uber itself to pay for a living."