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“NextDoor Housing owners John Louiselle, left, and Jesse Lammi stand outside of a Drop Home, a mobile home available to rent or buy, at NextDoor Housing in Minneapolis on Thursday, July 2, 2015. (Pioneer Press: Holly Peterson)”

Eino Lammi never should have been cleaning his gutters.

Performing a task perhaps better left to a younger man, he was 92 when he fell off a ladder four years ago. His injury forced him to recuperate in a nursing home away from his family — an experience he hated.

That inspired his grandson to invent housing that would have allowed Lammi to recover right in his own front yard.

“The whole purpose is to keep people out of institutions,” said Jesse Lammi of White Bear Lake as he gave a tour of his $50,000 NextDoor Homes unit.

The NextDoor is designed to allow any disabled person to live near their loved ones. It comes with a jack-up system that raises the house for highway travel, then lowers it for temporary parking on a driveway or lawn.

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