. Buildings or structures that individuals and their family may live in that meet certain federal regulations. Different housing situations vary for individuals and may depend on age, family, and geographic location. For example, a recent university graduate in an urban environment in the US may live in a rented apartment whereas a middle-aged entrepreneur may live in a house with or without a mortgage.
2. Anything that covers, protects, or supports another thing. For example, the casing of a desktop computer is its housing component and can be made of multiple materials to protect the internal components.