In the following sentence:
Yosemite National Park recently posted video of this bear climbing a tree near ranger housing.
I understand that housing here is a collective for quarters serving as accommodation to rangers during their shifts.
Would it saying "... climbing a tree near ranger houses" mean the same thing? Or would it carry any additional meaning (for instance would it imply they are the primary and permanent residence of the rangers, where they live with their families maybe, instead of being just their workplace?).
Or maybe are there any requirements for one to call them houses? For instance, if they lack a kitchen or living room found in common houses where people live then they can't be considered houses?
Another question: would "ranger dwellings" fit in this sentence as well?