Back From Fire, Heartland News Is Bigger Than Ever

Omaha publication, Heartland News, has expanded to cover homelessness in two more states a year after a fire destroyed their previous office.

"This issue marks the year anniversary of the fire but also marks us expanding to Iowa and Minnesota," said M, A, Yah, the paper's founder and president.

The monthly publication claims to give a voice to the homeless by writing about issues important to the community. They also employ homeless people as vendors.

"I have people come up to me, 'hey I have a good story, I have a good idea--why don't you bring this up,'" said M, A, Yah.

After the fire, M, A, Yah was also homeless because his apartment was above the office. In the new office on 40th and Ames Avenue, Heartland built a small cafe to help feed their vendors when they come to sell papers, and to make some extra money.

"I went from being devastated and crushed to just over-excited--I can't explain how I feel right now," he said.

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