This is so generous! Kim Kardashian apparently heard about the plight of a former inmate who was having trouble securing housing because of his record and offered to pay his rent for the next 5 years, The Tennesseean reported on March 11. Tim Hardiman, a senior reporter with CMT and a friend of the formerly incarcerated Matthew Charles, told Entertainment Tonight that Kim, 38, became aware of Matthew’s situation last May when she saw an NPR story about him.
Matthew was reportedly released from prison after serving 20 years of his 35-year sentence after he was convicted on non-violent drug charges. But after he was released, he had trouble finding housing because of his felony record and bad credit score. Tim told ET that Kim reached out to him offering to help Matthew. “When I told Charles about Kim’s generous gift he was overwhelmed!” Tim told the outlet. “He was truly humbled that Kim was willing to lift that burden from him. Charles told me Kim’s generosity will allow him to save enough money to eventually put a down payment on his first house. Kim has changed his life!”
Tim added that when Kim met with President Donald Trump in May 2018 to discuss clemency for Alice Johnson, she also mentioned Matthew during their conversation. So he’s been on her radar for a little while. Then on March 5, according to Tim, Matthew applied for residency at an apartment complex in Nashville, but two days later, his application was denied. He told Tim, who posted the rejection letter on his Instagram account. Kim then saw a story about that post and reached out to offer her assistance. Small world!
Not only has Kim offered to pay 5 years of Matthew’s rent, but Tim also claims that she said she would contact any property owners as a reference if necessary. Matthew posted about her generosity on Facebook and wrote that Kim was “moved and has decided to help me. And to me in an unbelievable way. Kim did not do this for attention or publicity, but I had to share it, because it’s too good not to, and my heart is about to burst with happiness.”
This is not the first time Kim has used her celebrity status for good. As aforementioned, she previously advocated for Alice, who was incarcerated for 20 years for a first-time drug offense and whom Kim convinced President Trump to pardon. Honestly, if Kim wants to use her notoriety with Keeping Up With the Kardashians and as a celeb in general to accomplish activist goals? All power to her.