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For the majority of long-term renters (59%), homeownership doesn’t feel possible for them, including 41% who say it feels impossible, according to a new survey from NeighborWorks America. As affordability challenges continue in the housing industry, 64% say homeownership doesn’t feel attainable, and 66% say they are surprised by the lack of affordable home options where they live.

According to the survey, more than two-thirds of long-term renters (71%)—or those who have been renting seven years or more—say they’ve had difficulty saving for a down payment, and 74% say the expenses of the home buying process has been surprising to them. Generationally, 51% of baby boomers who have rented long term believe homeownership isn’t attainable for them—the highest share of any generation included in the survey, compared with both 45% Gen X and millennials who say homeownership isn’t attainable.

"By 2030, all baby boomers will be age 65 or older. Whether they're interested in homeownership or not, they need access to the services and programs that can help them age in place," says NeighborWorks America president and CEO Marietta Rodriguez. "How can this generational shift not have drastic implications for housing? Our homes should age with us, but what options are there for long-term renters? How do we ensure the safety and stability of this population for years to come?"

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