The cities of New Haven and Waterbury and the Connecticut Department of Housing are receiving federal funds to help combat poisoning from lead-based paint in housing.
New Haven and Waterbury were awarded nearly $6.5 million combined. The state's housing department will receive $3.7 million in Lead Reduction Demonstration grants.
The funds come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. In June, Connecticut's congressional delegation wrote a joint letter in support of the state's application for the grant money.
Lawmakers said Connecticut has a significant number of older housing units where lead paint was used. The funds will help finance abatement, as well as educational programs, outreach and treatment. It's part of an effort to reduce the number of lead-poisoned children.