Couldn't you get on state aid and food benefits?
Could you get a school loan?
There are many housing programs in your state (in every state). They might be hard to find, so you have to do some research. Begin by talking with several domestic abuse centers (find them by calling 211 or the domestic abuse hotline
). Those shelters have all kinds of resources available to women and their children. They might not accept you into the shelter if your husband is not abusive and you are not in danger, but you can make an appointment to talk with them. Call and talk with more than one shelter because they don't all have the same resources available to them.
See (google?) if there is a housing crisis center in your state/community. They usually have different programs that pay your rent or pay a large portion of your rent over x amount of time. They also have programs that are income-based, meaning your rent is set at amount you can afford to pay. If you don't have any income, they take care of the full amount.
Google criteria like "help with utility bills" or something like that. You should come across different churches and community programs that help with utilities, like a Community Action Center or something like that. Most often, these types of places will assist once in preventing your gas/lights from being disconnected, but you never know what else you might find when talking with different people. Also, your state's Department of Social Services (where you go for state aid and food card) will pay emergency bills to prevent shutoff. But, they also have a long list of organizations and programs that offer help.
Everyone you talk to, ask lots of questions because questions lead to answers and more ideas. I was once in a women's abuse shelter. They worked to get me out of the state and paid my train fare clear across the country to get away from my abuser. The other state is where I said I wanted to go because I had family there, so they advocated to get me into a women's abuse shelter in the new state so I'd have a place to go when I arrived. The program manager in the new state was really crappy, and I had to practically force her to help me find a housing program or transitional housing program. It just so happened that I lucked up. When she called the places I asked her to call (because I was having no luck at all but knew people would be more willing to listen to her as a program manager), one of the places told her they had no availability but clued her in on a different program that she knew nothing about. She called and thank goodness they had an opening. I was blessed to have a program that paid my full rent for 18 months. Plenty of time to find a job and get back on my feet. That was several years ago and to this day, I am so incredibly thankful for the chance they offered me.
You can find help, too. It may take a lot of work (and possibly disappointment, but don't give up), and it may not be so pleasant at first. But nothing is more unpleasant than his verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse. Get your ducks in a row, and you will be away from him in no time. Abuse shelters can also help you plan your exit strategy.