best of luck.
Opportunities exist - It's simply a function of trying to find a unit that meets your budget. If your credit has negative info in it, then write a letter of explanation as to what happened and if possible be prepared to provide more rent up front to ease the concern of the landlord. Feel free to contact should you need any assistance.
Lots of Apartment buildings look at your credit history rather than your credit score. I would be happy to help you find the right space. I am in my office today and can be reached at 312-222-1111. If nothing else I can guide you to the right building.
Due to strict laws management companies must treat each applicant exactly the same when it comes to income and credit and each management company has written policies and procedures and they do not stray from them.
What you can do is look for a private landlord on craigslist or domu.com. I would also work on repairing your credit. Here is great software to help you remove inaccurate information on your credit http://www.credit-aid.com/index.htm. Today keeping your credit score strong is important.