There are lots of companies out there that will work with someone who is doing the right thing and making payments on a past judgement. My company included, unfortunately we don't have any available 3 bedrooms under 800 in our vacant inventory, but if you need help finding something feel free to give me a call 623-738-4993 and I can see what I can find.
I had lost my job October 2011 and was unable to pay. My unemployment wouldnt cover my kids and rent, clothes, etc. I am making payments toward the collection agency. I am looking for a 3 bd 2 ba under 800 if possible. I have tried Craigslist and its very rare to find a for rent by owner which is under a grand a month. I am looking for a house but I would take an apartment.
In my experience it really depends on the owner, or property manager. Many people rent due to credit issues, so it is kind of in the cards. I think you may have the best luck on Craigslist with the owners who rent their properties directly.
I wish you the best of luck to not be goingcrazyw3!