Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc.

Our Community. Our Future.

aka FAC   |   Brooklyn, NY   |
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Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc.

EIN: 11-2475743


The mission of Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) is to advance economic, social and racial justice in New York City through integrated, community-centered affordable housing, grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and transformative education, training, and services that build the power to shape our community’s future.

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Executive Director

Ms. Michelle de la Uz

Main address

621 DeGraw Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217 USA

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Subject area info

Urban development

Community improvement

Housing development

Human rights

Population served info


Immigrants and migrants

Economically disadvantaged people

Low-income people

Unemployed people

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Founded in 1978, FAC’s early work focused on neighborhood revitalization through comprehensive community development in Lower Park Slope, a community ravaged by the racist policies and practices of urban renewal and redlining. Over 40 years later, the organization remains committed to addressing the significant housing and economic justice issues that continue to affect the communities we serve. These issues include extreme income inequality, lack of access to meaningful opportunities, a broken public housing system, gentrification resulting in the displacement of long-time residents, and unaccountable development that does not benefit the whole community. While FAC serves low-income residents from the five boroughs, the majority are low- and very low-income residents of South and Central Brooklyn. These mixed-income and multiracial communities are characterized by pockets of extreme poverty, high unemployment, and low education levels—all issues that FAC works directly to improve.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Affordable Housing and Community Facilities Development and Preservation

Throughout its 40+ year tenure, FAC has built & renovated over 1,190 units of affordable housing in 133 buildings, revitalized more than two dozen commercial storefronts, & built over 20,000 square feet of community facility space. FAC’s development pipeline currently includes as many as 1,900 new units in development as well as a public library &public park and five Pre-K classrooms.

FAC’s experience developing new affordable housing includes two LEED Gold certified mixed-use, mixed-income developments. All FAC developments are built with sensitivity to neighborhood history & character. Over the past five years, FAC constructed 190 new units of affordable, mixed-income & supportive housing in five buildings in Red Hook, South Park Slope & Fort Greene, Brooklyn. FAC also executed the gut renovation of six smaller rental buildings with 30 affordable rental apartments. All new FAC developments are now designed to achieve LEED Gold or Enterprise Green Communities standards.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

FAC is committed to helping community residents secure stable, living-wage employment & career development opportunities. We have assisted thousands of people with training, education, & job referrals.  Our programs are offered at no charge & aim to give all participants the tools for economic self-sufficiency. This includes the Sunset Park Bridge Program, a partnership between FAC’s Adult Education program & our workforce development affiliate, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI). The Bridge program serves low-income, non-native English speakers, & combines English language learning with industry-accredited job training offering career pathways in two growth industries: commercial driving & cable installations.

BWI provides over 800 individuals with sector-based, targeted skills-training programs rooted in employer demand. All programs serve individuals with significant barriers to employment such as low levels of education, long-term unemployment, or a history of court involvement.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people

FAC’s Adult Education program provides classes annually to over 400 adults. The classes are designed to respect the participants’ cultural and learning histories & empower them to achieve their goals & improve their community. Our students seek to advance their language acquisition, improve their employment prospects, support their children’s education, as well as improve their reading, writing, & math skills. Our goals are to expand students’ employment opportunities, help them gain high school diplomas, & enroll them in job training or postsecondary education.

Adult Education program offers a range of classes including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE/GED), as well as Digital Literacy & our Bridge Program. According to the New York State Department of Education, FAC performs in the top quartile of adult education programs statewide.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

FAC’s Organizing and Advocacy work empowers low-income residents through multiple social, economic, & housing justice campaigns. Our work with tenants directly prevents as many as 200 unfair evictions annually by educating tenants about their rights & providing supportive services to avoid eviction. We provide staff organizing support to tenant associations & advocate for housing justice as part of Stabilizing New York City.

Our South Brooklyn Accountable Development Initiative organizing work brings diverse residents & institutions together to ensure that neighborhood development processes are participatory & representative, & that development policies reflect the needs of low-income communities of color. We organize the Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice, a broad-based coalition advocating for equitable development & rezoning outcomes in Gowanus. In 2021, as the culmination of a multi-year campaign, GNCJ won commitments from the city to ensure equitable results for Gowanus.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Community Services at FAC creates an equitable NYC by ensuring economic mobility in New York City by connecting more than a thousand low- and moderate-income New Yorkers with benefits and support each year.

One of the first Robin Hood Benefits Access and Assistance sites in the city, FAC’s Community Services program screens more than 1,000 people annually, connecting those who are eligible with public benefits and entitlements, such as low-cost and no-cost health insurance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), SCRIE and DRIE and other benefits to support family and housing stability. Community Services also offers other services that support a family’s mobility from poverty such as financial and legal counseling, and tax preparation assistance, all free of charge.

Population(s) Served

Fifth Avenue Committee’s Affordable solar program includes two initiatives - FAC Solar and Barrio Solar. FAC Solar provides access to cost-saving solar power for families living in multi-family buildings regardless of roof condition or homeownership status. The initiative engages property owners, nonprofit affordable housing, investors, and local governments to build, own and operate a portfolio of solar energy for affordable housing.

Barrio Solar is a collaborative pilot program between Fifth Avenue Committee, our affiliate Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and Solar One designed to build economic resiliency for low- and moderate-income homeowners. The project connects homeowners with solar by lowering the upfront costs of installation, reducing homeowners' electricity costs, and combating climate change.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.33 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 29% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $686,843 $537,320 $494,456 $708,839 $1,038,643
As % of expenses 11.0% 8.9% 7.0% 10.0% 13.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $657,285 $502,204 $458,807 $668,283 $999,690
As % of expenses 10.4% 8.3% 6.5% 9.4% 12.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $6,904,524 $6,590,774 $7,359,288 $7,933,714 $8,824,001
Total revenue, % change over prior year 13.3% -4.5% 11.7% 7.8% 11.2%
Program services revenue 43.4% 41.0% 42.0% 34.2% 37.1%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.2% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Government grants 20.7% 21.5% 22.1% 30.2% 24.7%
All other grants and contributions 31.6% 33.1% 29.9% 30.4% 33.6%
Other revenue 4.2% 4.2% 6.0% 5.0% 4.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $6,268,343 $6,009,221 $7,034,856 $7,081,767 $7,683,124
Total expenses, % change over prior year 5.3% -4.1% 17.1% 0.7% 8.5%
Personnel 74.4% 73.5% 71.2% 74.3% 69.9%
Professional fees 9.2% 8.6% 8.4% 8.0% 10.3%
Occupancy 7.3% 7.5% 8.0% 7.1% 7.5%
Interest 0.3% 0.3% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1%
Pass-through 2.4% 2.5% 4.4% 4.2% 5.1%
All other expenses 6.5% 7.6% 7.8% 6.2% 7.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $6,297,901 $6,044,337 $7,070,505 $7,122,323 $7,722,077
One month of savings $522,362 $500,768 $586,238 $590,147 $640,260
Debt principal payment $462,763 $0 $28,244 $73,747 $0
Fixed asset additions $60,388 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $7,343,414 $6,545,105 $7,684,987 $7,786,217 $8,362,337

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.5 2.0 2.4 2.2 3.0
Months of cash and investments 0.5 2.0 2.4 2.2 3.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.8 6.0 5.9 7.0 8.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $252,729 $1,024,358 $1,421,515 $1,326,161 $1,947,530
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $1,196,470 $1,290,789 $1,267,511 $1,722,989 $2,308,123
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $798,729 $799,593 $820,392 $860,088 $867,035
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 55.2% 59.6% 62.4% 64.2% 67.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 46.5% 44.7% 50.0% 37.6% 35.4%
Unrestricted net assets $2,499,712 $3,001,916 $3,460,723 $4,129,006 $5,128,696
Temporarily restricted net assets $269,229 $277,129 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $269,229 $277,129 $107,105 $250,213 $352,447
Total net assets $2,768,941 $3,279,045 $3,567,828 $4,379,219 $5,481,143

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Michelle de la Uz

Michelle de la Uz, FAC's Executive Director, has over 30 years of experience in the public and community service sectors. Since 2004, she has overseen the organization’s mission and comprehensive programs that reach as many as 5,500 low- and moderate-income people each year. This includes a budget of $7.3+ million, two non-profit affiliates, real estate assets over $100 million, and a growing housing development pipeline. Under her leadership, FAC became a member of NeighborWorks America--a national network of affordable housing and community development corporations--in 2017. Michelle serves on the National Board of Directors of the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), the New York Housing Conference, and the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), among others. In 2012 she was appointed by then-Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio to serve on the New York City Planning Commission. She was reappointed in 2016 by Tish James.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 09/08/2023
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Board co-chair

Ms. Melanie Ash

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/20/2022

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Heterosexual or straight
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