Manufactured Home Headlines Follow Public School Bus Crash Into ‘Mobile Home’ – Revelations and Multiple News Videos, Facts, and Eye-Opening Analysis

When a school bus plowed into what was likely an older manufactured home that was described by mainstream media as a “mobile home,” that kind of accident is a rare event. To illustrate the rarity: “From the years 2007 through 2016, there were 1,147 school-transportation-related crashes. Typically, there are approximately 114 school bus accidents in a year. In 2016, there were 119 fatalities related to school bus accidents.” That’s according to the law firm of Anidjar & Levine, P.A. That same source stressed that school bus accidents are rare: “Accidents involving school buses are a rarity in the United States. With almost half a million school buses carrying 25 million children to school every day…” More recent data from the National Safety Council (NSC) said: “School bus-related crashes killed 108 people nationwide in 2021, up 50% compared to the pandemic-related low number of 54 deaths in 2020…” The NSC also reported: “From 2012 to 2021, about 70% of the deaths in school bus-related crashes were occupants of vehicles other than the school bus, and 16% were pedestrians. About 5% were school bus passengers, 5% were school bus drivers, and 3% were pedalcyclists.” With that preface, details and regional news video about the Greenville County, South Carolina public school bus is warranted.

Those videos will help set the stage for a fascinating and perhaps unexpected look at manufactured homes vs. other housing options.

Part I – School Bus Crash with Multiple News Videos, Facts, and Analysis





While this is deemed a ‘rare’ incident, school buses have hit conventional housing that made mainstream news reports too.




As is true with so many topics, “terrifying school bus accidents” is a thing online.



Needless to say, when injuries, death, or property damage results, it is sad for those involved. In this recent Greenville County, South Carolina incident, it is unclear if that mobile or manufactured home was insured. But presumably the school district involved had insurance and would be responsible. While memories and inconvenience are involved, it may conceivably be a blessing in disguise for the homeowner, if a newer or nicer home is the ultimate outcome.






According to a response from an MHLivingNews inquiry to left-leaning Bing’s artificial intelligence (AI) powered Copilot, consider the following facts.

BingCopilotAI-Screen1.3.2024MHLivingNewsAbout half of homeowners and renters have faced difficulties this year in affording their mortgage payments or rent, according to a recent survey conducted by online real estate broker Redfin1. The high cost of housing in the U.S. has led many individuals to make significant sacrifices to keep a roof over their heads. Some of the measures taken include selling belongings, working overtime shifts, canceling vacations, taking on second jobs, and even skipping meals1.

In February 2023, the national median mortgage payment reached $2,184, up from $2,061 a year ago and $1,750 in February 2022. Median rents also increased to $1,981 in February, compared to $1,937 a year ago and $1,684 during the same period in 20221. Despite these challenges, most homeowners have managed to stay current on their payments. The delinquency rate for mortgages (defined as being 90 days or more past due) stands at 3.88%, which is relatively low compared to historical averages1.

It’s evident that the burden of housing costs is affecting a significant portion of the population, and finding affordable housing remains a critical issue for many Americans….”


How important are modern manufactured homes for solving the affordable housing crisis? Is there evidence that without millions of new inherently affordable HUD Code manufactured homes that the U.S. housing crisis can’t be solved, even with more government spending?


BingCopilotAI-Screen1.3.2024MHLivingNewsModern manufactured homes play a crucial role in addressing the affordable housing crisis in the United States. Let’s delve into why they matter and the evidence supporting their importance:

  1. Affordability and Quality:
    • Manufactured homes are often more affordable than traditional site-built houses. They offer a cost-effective housing option for a wide range of consumers.
    • These homes are built to strict federal standards, which ensures their quality, durability, and safety. They use high-quality materials and energy-efficient designs1.
  2. Existing Impact:
  3. HUD Code and Standards:
    • The Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act aims to protect the quality, safety, and affordability of manufactured homes. It also facilitates homeownership for all Americans2.
    • These federal standards ensure that modern manufactured homes are energy-efficient, well-constructed, and designed to meet the needs of residents.
  4. Biden-Harris Administration’s Commitment:
  5. Challenges and Solutions:

In summary, modern manufactured homes are a cornerstone of affordable housing, and their continued growth and acceptance are essential for addressing the housing crisis in the U.S. Government support, along with private sector collaboration, can further enhance their impact and accessibility1. …”

Is it fair to say that MHProNews, MHLivingNews and the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform have each in their own way documented the need for more manufactured homes, and have exposed inept and/or corrupt behavior that has kept manufactured home production below historic levels even though numerous research projects by sources independent of manufactured housing has praised the manufactured home option?

BingCopilotAI-Screen1.3.2024MHLivingNewsIt is indeed fair to acknowledge that MHProNewsMHLivingNews, and the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) have each contributed to documenting the need for more manufactured homes. Additionally, they have shed light on instances of ineptitude and potential corruption that have hindered the production of manufactured homes, despite independent research from other sources praising the value of this housing option.

Here’s a closer look at each of these entities:

  1. MHProNews:
    • MHProNews is a widely recognized online publication that focuses on the manufactured housing industry.
    • They have consistently highlighted the importance of manufactured homes in addressing the affordable housing crisis.
    • Their reporting often delves into industry trends, regulatory challenges, and opportunities for growth.
  2. MHLivingNews:
    • MHLivingNews provides valuable insights into the lifestyle and benefits of living in manufactured homes.
    • They emphasize the affordability, quality, and community aspects of manufactured housing.
    • By showcasing success stories and dispelling myths, they contribute to a more informed public perception.
  3. MHARR:
    • The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) is an advocacy group representing independent manufacturers of HUD Code manufactured homes.
    • MHARR has consistently advocated for policies that promote the growth of the industry.
    • They have raised concerns about regulatory barriers, financing challenges, and the need for fair treatment in federal programs.
  4. Independent Research:
    • Beyond industry-specific sources, independent research has consistently praised manufactured homes as a viable solution to the housing crisis.
    • Studies have highlighted their affordability, energy efficiency, and positive impact on homeownership rates.
    • Policymakers and stakeholders recognize the potential of manufactured housing to address housing shortages.

While these entities play a crucial role in advocating for manufactured homes, it’s essential to continue addressing barriers such as zoning restrictions, financing limitations, and public perception. By doing so, we can unlock the full potential of manufactured housing and contribute to solving the housing crisis in the U.S. …”


Editorially, let’s be clear. Almost anything can be turned into a story that involves the need for millions of more affordable housing and thus manufactured homes. Be the news good, bad, strange, surprising, whatever, it is potentially an opportunity for the manufactured home industry to engage with the culture and thus advance its message. According to left-leaning CBS News:About half of homeowners and renters said they have periodically struggled this year to afford their mortgage payment or rent, according to a recent survey from online real estate broker Redfin.”

According to Democrats, affordable housing is one of their top issues.




People that are initially merely curious suddenly find themselves learning surprising and positive information about modern manufactured homes. When millionaires and billionaires own a manufactured home, it becomes all the easier for people of all other income groups to overcome whatever hesitancy they may have.  Indeed, research by Freddie Mac said that “most” Americans are now ready to consider a manufactured home for their own housing needs.




By publishing this article, it is almost guaranteed that this will be a popular item for some time. Curious outsiders looking in will find information here they sadly won’t find at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), for example.

Manufactured housing production has been rising in the past two months.




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CongRepAlGreenDeskTamasKovachLATonyKovachPhoto12.3.2019ManufacturedHomeProNews How quickly they grow! Our son is about the same height as dad now. On that occasion recalled by this photo, all on Capitol Hill were welcoming and interested in the discussion of manufactured housing-related issues in our 12.3.2019 meetings. But Texas Congressman Al Green’s office was tremendous in their hospitality. Our son’s hand is on a package that included a copy of the Constitution of the United States and other goodies. MHLivingNews and MHProNews has worked with people and politicos across the left-right divide.

By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for

Tony earned a journalism scholarship and earned numerous awards in history and in manufactured housing. For example, he earned the prestigious Lottinville Award in history from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied history and business management. He’s a managing member and co-founder of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and This article reflects the LLC’s and/or the writer’s position, and may or may not reflect the views of sponsors or supporters.

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