Details on Jim Graham's Farewell Service

Statement of Chief Tenant Advocate Johanna Shreve on the Passing of former Councilmember Jim Graham
 
(WASHINGTON, DC)Today, Chief Tenant Advocate Johanna Shreve released the following statement on the passing of former D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham:
 
I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Councilmember Jim Graham.  Jim was a champion for the District’s invisible and forgotten communities, and for all those who needed the government’s help the most.  The tenant community never had a better friend on the DC Council. 
 
During his brief tenure as chair of the relevant committee, Jim built an unparalleled record of legislative accomplishment in the area of tenant rights.  He closed the so-called "95/5 loophole” that had cheated so many tenants out of the right to purchase the building when it was being sold.  He enacted legislation giving tenant associations the right to organize without fear of retaliation; better ensuring fair treatment for tenants regarding security deposits; improving fire alarm and fire safety protections; giving victims of domestic violence the right to break a lease for their own safety without penalty; and ending the abuse of a repair and renovation "temporary relocation” law, which some unscrupulous landlords had used to permanently displace tenants. 
 
Jim did not shy away from momentous or controversial challenges.  After being told it would be impossible, he shepherded through the Council the first major overhaul of the District’s rent control law in 20 years.  Among other items, his 2006 reform law abolished a rent ceiling system that permitted rent increases to “market rate” and beyond, rendering the very concept of “rent stabilization” meaningless.  Then, after decades of unheeded advocacy by the tenant community, he created the DC Office of the Tenant Advocate.  
 
Following his brief chairmanship, Jim continued to be a fierce champion for tenants.  He remained a steadfast friend of the agency he created, and of so many tenant stakeholders.  I am proud to call Jim my friend too, and I will miss him very much.  All DC tenants and all DC residents have benefited from the sea changes that his public interest commitments and passions brought about.  All of us owe Jim Graham a tremendous debt of gratitude.  
 
Johanna Shreve, Director
D.C. Office of the Tenant Advocate
 

Details Regarding Jim Graham Services Released

Former Councilmember Jim Graham Farewell 
Friday, June 23, 2017
Councilmember Graham's body will lay in state at the Wilson Building from noon to 5PM.  Program Begins at Noon with the arrival of remains. Elected Officials, Dignitaries and Special Guests will deliver remarks. 
* Bow Ties Encouraged
Saturday, June 24, 2017
The Viewing and Religious Services for Councilmember Graham will be held at All Souls Unitarian Church (1500 Harvard Street, NW). The Viewing will be at 10AM, and the Religious Services will begin at noon. Immediately following the services, there will be a repast in the Church's Multi-Purpose Room. Food and soft drinks will be available.   * Bow Ties are encouraged.
Flowers and cards may be sent to: Bacon Funeral Home, 3447 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20010