63 STAT.] 8 1ST CONG., IST SESS.-CH. 338-JULY 15, 1949 a contract for State financial assistance for such project was entered into on or after January 1, 1948, and prior to January 1, 1950, (b) the project is or can become eligible for assistance by the Public Housing Administration in the form of loans and annual contribu- tions under the provisions of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended, and (c) the public housing agency operating the project in the State makes application to the Public Housing Administration for Federal assistance for the project under the terms of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended: Provided, That loans made by the Public Housing Administration for the purpose of so convert- ing the project to a project with Federal assistance shall be deemed, for the purposes of the provisions of section 9 and other sections of the United States Housing Act of 1937, to be loans to assist the development of the project. Section 503 of the Housing Act of 1948 is hereby repealed. CENSUS OF HOUSING SEC. 607. (a) The Director of the Census is authorized and directed to take a census of housing in each State, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Alaska, in the year 1950 and decennially thereafter in conjunction with, at the same time, and as a part of the population inquiry of the decennial census in order to provide information concerning the number, characteristics (including utilities and equipment), and geographical distribution of dwelling units in the United States. The Director of the Census is authorized to collect such supplementary statistics (either in advance of or after the taking of such census) as are necessary to the completion thereof. (b) All of the provisions, including penalties, of the Act providing for the fifteenth and subsequent decennial censuses, approved June 18, 1929, as amended (U. S . C., title 13, ch. 4), shall apply to the taking of the census provided for in subsection (a) of this section. NATIONAL CAPITAL HOUSING AUTHORITY SEC. 608 . Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the National Capital Housing Authority is hereby authorized to acquire sites within the District of Columbia for low-rent public housing projects assisted under the provisions of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PARTICIPATION SEC. 609. To make available to the District of Columbia, and to authorize the appropriate agencies operating therein to accept, the benefits provided by titles I and III of this Act, the District of Columbia Redevelopment Act of 1945 is hereby amended by renum- bering sections 20, 21, and 22 thereof as sections 21, 22, and 23, respec- tively, and by adding after section 19 a new section to read as follows: "SEC. 20. (a) As an alternative method of financing its authorized operations and functions under the provisions of this Act (in addition to that provided in section 16 of this Act), the Agency is hereby authorized and empowered to accept financial assistance from the Housing and Home Finance Administrator (hereafter in this section referred to as the Administrator), in the form of advances of funds, loans, and capital grants pursuant to title I of the Housing Act of 1949, to assist the Agency in acquiring real property for redevelop- ment of project areas and carrying out any functions authorized under this Act for which advances of funds, loans, or capital grants may be made to a local public agency under title I of the Housing Act of 1949, and the Agency, subject to the approval of the District Commis- sioners and subject to such terms, covenants, and conditions as may 441 Conditions. 50 Stat. 888 . 42 U. S. C. §51401- 1431; Supp. II, § 1402 et seq. Ante, pp. 422 -431. 50 Stat. 891. 42 U. S. C. §1409. Ante, pp. 425, 426. 62 Stat. 1285. 42 U. S. C., Supp. II, § 1432. Post, pp . 463 , 874. 46 Stat. 21 . 13 U. S. C. §§201- 220. Ante, p. 406 . Acquisition of sites. 50 Stat. 888. 42U.8.0. i 1401- 1431; Supp. II, § 1402 et seq. Ante, pp. 422 -431. Ante, pp. 414,422. 60 Stat. 802. D. C . Code, Supp. VII, »§ 5-718, 5 -719. Financial assistance from Housing and Home Finance Ad- ministrator. 60 Stat. 800. D. C . Code, Supp. VI, 5-715. Ante, p. 414.