i'm emancipated, & am now 18. have been living by myself since i was 16. i picked up craigslist jobs for a while, you can find a lot of simple things to do for quite a good pay. also, try finding like maybe a UPS job since it's around the time they look for seasonal workers, you'd make about $16/hour for sitting in a truck. if that's not your cup of tea, i know if you work at Aldi's the grocery store, you start at $10/hour.
i dont know. try and get a better job and more hours. its not easy thou. or do what i do. job a bank or somthing. lookng for some good guys. what can you do? i need a tec guy.
It'll be slow. But something I never thought of until this past month or so---check into government subsidized low income housing.