After a 4-year legal fight, the "Rent is Too Damn High" party founder was set to be evicted on Feb. 5 from his rent-stabilized apartment of 38 years on St. Mark's Place. However, a court gave McMillan a reprieve.
Now as the Voice notes, McMillan bought himself more time thanks to the intervention of the city's Adult Protective Services program.
To the article:
McMillan, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, cites his war-related post-traumatic stress disorder and other medical issues — including memory loss and high blood pressure — as reasons for seeking help from APS. The stress of the long legal battle with his landlord and the looming threat of eviction brought back old battle wounds, he says. "I almost had a nervous breakdown," McMillan, 68, tells the Voice. He even called the suicide hotline.
According to his attorney, John DeMaio, McMillan turned to APS after "all other legal remedies had been exhausted." A "renowned" doctor, whose name DeMaio did not disclose, examined McMillan and recommended the court's intervention in delaying the eviction.
McMillan, whose family has occupied the apartment since 1977, claims the eviction is "racist" because he and his family are the only African Americans living in the building. Lisco Holdings purchased the building from its previous owners in 2006.
The landlord contends that the apartment is not McMillan's primary residence.
The case is not under further review until April 7, according to the Voice.