CINCINNATI (AP) — After four decades, an organization that has helped numerous Appalachians in southwestern Ohio is coming to an end.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports ( ) that the nonprofit Urban Appalachian Council lacked funding to continue. The council was formed in 1974 in Cincinnati to help people coming into the urban area from their rural home region. It has offered education, job readiness, cultural awareness and other social programs.
Eastern Kentucky native Michael Maloney says when he came to Cincinnati in the late 1960s to attend seminary and college, he saw fellow Appalachians being treated as second-class citizens. He helped form the council.
He says the majority of Appalachian migrants have done well, but there still long-term issues for some.
Some of the council’s work will continue through other groups.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,