QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois housing authority is receiving $1 million to remove lead-based paint from the city's public housing.

The U.S. Department of Housing Development says the Quincy Housing Authority is among 20 agencies nationwide that have been awarded a combined $18 million.

The money is from HUD's Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund Program, which helps clean up public housing developments that were tested for lead more than 20 years ago. It also helps agencies handle a backlog of other capital needs.

Lead-based paint has been banned for residential use since 1978 because exposure to dust or chips may cause serious health problems, particularly in children. Most of the Quincy Housing Authority's properties were built before that date.