In order for you to avoid application fees, which still may be hard you will have to go through an owner that is renting their home. Any Management company will charge between $35-50 a person/couple. The only thing you may still have to pay for is a credit report.
Also expect a security deposit and possibly even a months rent cost up front and pet fees, if you have any.
Good Luck and be careful with Craig's List. They have a lot of scams so meet the owner first at the home. Do not send any money to anyone by mail!
Have a Good day!