NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The New Haven Housing Authority has received nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fight lead in public housing.

The New Haven Register reports the $986,260 in funds will be used for lead abatement projects, risk assessments and clearance examinations. The funding is part of HUD's Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund Program.

Lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978. However, much of New Haven's housing stock was built before the 70s.

New Haven is applying separately from the housing authority for $4 million in lead abatement funds.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com