Baton Rouge - John Bel Edwards has appointed Derrick Edwards to serve on Louisiana Housing Corporation's Board of Directors to represent the 2nd congressional district.
"I am honored to serve on the LHC Board," said Edwards. "Access to affordable housing is vital for so many Louisianians, and I look forward to bringing diversity and innovative solutions that will expand safe and affordable housing throughout the state."
Edwards plans to use his new role to advance housing initiatives that benefit disabled veterans and individuals with special needs. "I'm keenly aware of the need for affordable housing; however, it is equally important to invest in housing that adequately meets the accessibility needs for people with disabilities, he said."
At the age of 17, Edwards suffered a catastrophic football injury that left him paralyzed, but he defeated all odds and has become an inspiration that stretches beyond his community.
"Mr. Edwards brings valuable experience and perspective to the board," said LHC Board Chairman Lloyd "Buddy" Spillers. "He shares our commitment to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Louisiana. I am pleased that he's agreed to serve in this capacity and look forward to working alongside him to improve affordable housing across the state."
Edwards, a practicing civil attorney in New Orleans, is an alumnus of Tulane University and earned his juris doctorate from Loyola University. He serves on the Louisiana State Bar Diversity Committee and is a member of the Jefferson Parish Bar Association and American Bar Association.
LHC is governed by a board of 11 members consisting of the State Treasurer, six members appointed by the Governor, two by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House representing various housing sectors and the public.
About Louisiana Housing Corporation
The Louisiana Housing Corporation was created by Act 408 of the 2011 Louisiana Legislative Session. The Corporation administers federal and state funds through programs designed to advance the development of safe, energy-efficient, and affordable housing.