According to our friends at the U.S. Census Bureau, 87,838 individual housing units were providing shelter for homeowners and tenants in Doña Ana County at the end 2017. Housing units include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, mobile homes, apartments or a group of rooms or a single room that is used as separate living quarters. Just over 37 percent of those units, or just under 33,000, were occupied by renters.
Our friends at the Census Bureau also noted that 8.1 percent of those rental units were occupied by persons deemed to be under 65 years of age and disabled. By my fuzzy math, that’s just under 2,700 renters in Doña Ana County whose housing situations fell under the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Even more are covered by the act if you count people over the age of 65. If you are a landlord, you are also governed by the act when it comes to accommodating our disabled friends, family and neighbors. How so? The answer is abundantly clear.
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