Utica has been awarded $3.5 million in federal funding to help remove leads hazards from homes in the city.

The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money will be used to address lead hazards in 180 housing units for low-income families throughout Utica.

The city will also use the funding to perform healthy homes assessments.

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand wrote to HUD earlier this year to advocate for the funding.

“Lead poisoning is an irreversible, preventable tragedy that robs many families and children of their future,” said Schumer. “We must do everything we can to eliminate lead from our homes and this major federal grant will do just that by injecting much-needed funds into lead remediation and prevention here in Utica.”