Nettie Irene Harvey, 61, human resources worker

April 17, 2005

Nettie Irene Harvey, a human services worker with the Baltimore housing department for almost 40 years, died of a heart attack April 10 at her Rosedale home. She was 61.

Born and raised in Baltimore, the former Nettie Jefferson graduated from Dunbar High School in 1962. Several years later, she began working at the Baltimore Community Action Agency, handling referrals.

"If you were hungry, she would call churches to get you food, clothing," said her daughter, Kimberly Harvey.

Ms. Harvey held various roles as a mentor, fund-raiser and resource developer. She spent more than 20 years with the Human Services Division of Baltimore Housing, which profiled her in a 2002 news release titled "Housing Heroes."

"She has helped establish programs in utility assistance, eviction prevention and food provision and has worked with local businesses to provide clothing and appliances to needy citizens," according to the release. "Well known throughout the city as a ... tenacious advocate for the poor, she can be seen volunteering after hours during Code Blue situations."

At the time of her death, Ms. Harvey was a sophomore at Morgan State University, where she hoped to earn a psychology degree. "She told me [that] before she passed she wanted to get her degree," her daughter said. "She was a city employee, but back in the day, 39 years ago, you didn't have to have a degree."

Her marriage to James Harvey ended in divorce.

Services were Friday.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by four brothers, Anthony Johnson, Herbert Johnson, Clarence Jefferson, and Carl Jefferson, all of Baltimore; a sister, Elrita Jefferson of Baltimore; and a grandson.

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