From the Akron Beacon Journal:
Tanzania Johnson joined the U.S. Air Force to get out of Akron and start a new beginning.
She enlisted right after graduating from Akron’s Firestone High School in 2010 and became a military police officer. She was stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland until she was honorably discharged in 2014.
While in the service, she gave birth to her daughter, Nakiyah, and they returned to Akron.
“I became a single mother in the military, and they were awesome in helping out, but once you get out, you don’t have the military help out anymore,” she said. “It’s literally just a veteran and her baby trying to figure it out.”
Since then, mother and daughter, now 6, have been staying with family members as Johnson works an array of jobs to get experience and save up money.
They should get a much-needed break, as Johnson is set to be one of four women to live in Summit County’s first housing facility for homeless female veterans and their children, Summit Liberty House.
Homeless female veterans must have children to stay in Summit Liberty House, as Family and Community Services Executive Director Mark Frisone said there are other facilities for single women. Family and Community Services is working with Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority and the Summit County Continuum of Care to place female veterans in the home.
Read the Akron Beacon Journal's article "Summit County’s first facility for homeless female veterans opens," featuring the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority.