I work full time for a state college in the USA. I like my job, and I have a positive relationship with my boss. My landlord is asking me to renew my lease, and rent is going up by 25%. I am slated for a raise, but it's not going to cover such a huge increase. This is on top of the pain I'm already feeling from increased food, fuel, etc. prices.
My employer has been talking a big game about taking "drastic measures" to retain talent (we currently have over 70 openings). I'd like to broach the subject to my boss that, hey, I'm one of the employees that needs some help. But I'm not sure where to start. Should I just hit him up on Teams with "hey boss, about that staff housing fund..."?