The Reverend Kenneth Dupin, leader of a small Methodist church in Sale, Virginia, is getting a lot of attention lately for his invention called MEDcottage. The invention is a portable dwelling unit that could be moved into a family’s back yard and used to shelter a loved one in need of special care.
The company, N2Care, has won public grants to continue to fund development of the project but is still searching for investors to fund its operations past its current development stage. The company believe that a unit could be leased for $2,000 per month and provide a variety of technology solutions for senior care as well as entertainment.
The Washington Post recently covered a story on MEDCottage (Va. launching portable housing for aging relatives) concept that has state and local representatives concerned about zoning issues associated with back yard PODs. Dubbed "temporary family healthcare structures" by the Virginia legislature, residents and politicians are concerned that these “Granny Pods” would pop up all over the Virginia countryside.