HARRISBURG, Pa. (WENY) -- The federal government is handing down $2.5 million to Pennsylvania, with the focus of protecting children in the commonwealth from the long-term effects of lead poisoning.

The grant will support target outreach and the evaluation of lead in hundreds of homes in the state's most high-need areas.

"My Lead-Free PA initiative will continue to focus multiple agencies' efforts on how we can reduce lead poisoning and exposure, blood test all children, train more lead abatement certified professionals, and remove the hazard of lead from Pennsylvania's aging housing stock," Governor Wolf said.

Households with children who have an Elevated Blood Lead Level will be prioritized, followed by those homes with children under the age of 6. All other households will receive consideration based on funding availability.

Target areas were identified because they have greater numbers of older housing units, young children, and low-income residents. Those area include Blair, Cambria, Chester, and York counties; Bethlehem, Harrisburg, Johnstown, and certain ZIP codes in Philadelphia.