Brendan Phillips, Nevada County’s housing resource manager, looks to solve problems |

Brendan Phillips, Nevada County’s housing resource manager, looks to solve problems

Alan Riquelmy |

The job of Nevada County’s housing resource manager was a natural fit for Brendan Phillips.

His father, folk singer and homeless advocate Utah Phillips, helped found Hospitality House, the Grass Valley homeless shelter. His son, Brendan Phillips, has been involved in homelessness issues for 15 years.

Now 40 years old, Phillips finds himself in a newly-created position in a time when homelessness is once again at the forefront of people’s minds.

Many people on social media blame homeless people for what they say is an increase in crime. Others champion the concept of tiny homes and urge government leaders to support the idea.

Given the job of coordinating with multiple agencies and helping bring affordable housing here, Phillips is now at the center of one of the county’s biggest issues.

“How are we going to get there?” Phillips said of achieving his goals. “Well, we have to look at what we have.”

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