The Utica Municipal Housing Authority has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The grant was announced by Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.

The money will be used to help identify and eliminate lead-based paint hazards in public housing.

“Utica has experienced a record amount of lead poisoning cases over the years, resulting in adverse health effects, especially for children. This grant will provide much-needed funding to ensure lead-based paint is properly identified and eliminated, and the health of the people of Utica are made a priority,” said Tenney.