Philadelphia, PA – City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) today issued the following statement in response to news that longtime advocate for public housing residents Nellie Reynolds had passed away at the age of 96:
“I am saddened by the news of the passing of Ms. Nellie Reynolds, a cornerstone of her North Philadelphia community and a champion of the right of people to affordable housing.
Nellie Reynolds was one of my earliest mentors, and I knew her for my entire public and political career. I would go to her residence in the Johnson Homes, and hear her advice on all the things we needed to do in the North Philadelphia community.
She would always give it to me straight, but she was always fair. She mentored many others in public life as well as she guided me.
She was a passionate, lifelong advocate of the right of people to decent housing and affordable housing, specifically. Nellie Reynolds was a cornerstone and conscience of our city, and she will be deeply missed.”