It is more difficult. I've worked with some folks in your shoes and it has helped to "tell the story" - so that the credit report does not stand alone. Work with an agency that has the patience and willingness to help you.
In the end, it is the landlord's decision. You'll need to convince them that you can be counted on to pay your rent on time and without interruption in spite of your past hard times.
Good luck and best,
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