The ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star, Kim Kardashian West has offered to pay for Matthew Charles’ accommodation for the next few years, after he became the first person to be released from jail under the new prison reform laws.
The reality TV star, who advocates for prison reform and helped secure the release of Alice Johnson from jail last year, will be paying Matthew Charles’ rent for the next five years.
New prison reform laws saw Matthew was recently released from jail after serving 20 years of his 35 year sentence for non-violent drug and weapons charges but when he tried to find housing, he had his application denied because of his background.On Monday “Kim reached out privately to Matthew after hearing he was having a hard time getting approved for an apartment and has generously offered to pay five years of his rent.”
Since his release, Charles has bought a car, been staying with a friend in the city’s River Glen neighborhood and found full-time employment with Families Against Mandatory Minimums ,a nonprofit justice reform advocacy group.
But when he went to apply to rent a town home last Tuesday, he was denied on the basis of his criminal history and his lack of credit after being incarcerated for more than 20 years. So Kim decided to step in and save the day.
Charles later took to Facebook to thank Kim, saying: I just received the most wonderful news tonight that I just had to share with everyone. Kim Kardashian-West heard about my situation, was moved and has decided to help me. And to me in the most 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, that I wish you to rejoice in this news with me.
Charles is planning on saving to be able to buy a home of his own while Kim takes care of his rent for the next few years. He shared: “I just received the most wonderful news tonight that I just had to share with everyone. Kim Kardashian-West heard about my situation. Was moved and has decided to help me.”