In this day and age, the market conditions require good credit and proof of all income. Documentation is the name of the game for lenders. You might be able to get a hard money loan, but that will have a higher interest rate...but the good thing about that is - you will re-establish a better credit and be able to re-finance later at a possibly lower interest rate. At least it would get you a chance to start!
You'll need a documented salary history of two years that is enough to support mortgage payments plus any other debts as well as semi decent credit without any recent lates or outstanding collections. Sorry but there is no way around that if your goal is to buy a home.