Because homeownership is, in most cases, the single biggest opportunity that most lower and middle class people will ever have to build genuine wealth and upward social mobility. Over 30 years, the principal and interest payment on a fixed rate mortgage will never go up, but home prices and rents always will.
Yep. Outright home ownership also makes retirement possible for a lot of people when it otherwise wouldn't be. A lot of unlucky Boomers are getting jammed between the ability to keep working & paying insane Denver rents. I expect that to get worse over the next 10 years.