As the deluge of distressed properties pushes more and more Americans out of their homes and into rental housing, the cost of renting is rising at the same time that the economic downturn has pushed wages down, according to a report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

The housing coalition is calling on Congress to fund the National Housing Trust Fund, created in 2008. Ninety percent of the fund’s monies would go to the building, rehabilitation and preservation of low-income rental housing, and 10 percent would go to assist first-time homebuyers, including providing downpayment, closing cost, and interest-rate buydown assistance.

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