The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has found potential lead paint hazards in 81 percent of apartments inspected in 2017.
NYCHA officials said Thursday that the apartments will need to be repainted as a precaution.
The housing authority manages about 175,000 public housing units in the city.
The agency is required to visually inspect each unit that houses children under the age of six if the unit was built before 1960, or between 1960 and 1978 where the presence of lead has not been ruled out.
Housing Authority officials have come under fire after a report found the agency failed to conduct inspections for lead paint hazards between 2012 and 2016, despite the agency submitting paperwork claiming it had conducted inspections.