I have an update to share about housing and my ongoing transition...
The friend I have been house sitting for is returning on the 30th but said I can stay until the 1st, which works out great! At that time, I will be moving to a month-to-month rental at a town a little farther away from some of my activities but only a 20 minute commute from my work.
Initially, I had investigated this place from a long-term perspective but then the landlord bomb-shelled both me and my potential roommate by letting us know that he and his wife, who sadly has progressing Parkinson's symptoms, will be moving in to the house in three months. I felt worse for the other woman, who has been living there a few years and was already feeling stressed with the change of roommates, etc. She and I had talked openly about my plans to adopt, and she had been supportive about that and even suggested that in a year or so she planned to move to Hawaii, at which time I could likely take over the two-bedroom house. She has been very supportive of her daughter, who lives not far away and is a single mom of a two-year-old, though I don't think she's an SMC. The landlord's news put the kabosh on all that, although theoretically we could look for a house together after leaving this one.
To add complexity, when I went over there last night to talk about the option of staying there for a month or two - which would benefit the landlord, as he would receive full rent and likely not be able to find anyone else for so short a time - he informed us that, legally, his wife has to agree to selling their current house and moving into this one, and she is currently resistant and far from saying yes. Hmm. So, the timeframe is really unknown, but I'm not willing to roll the dice and spend the time/money/energy moving all my furniture and stuff into the house not knowing if it's just for a couple months or six. And even if it were six, moving again in a few months sounds horrible, as well.
Sooo, the landlord is currently reviewing my credit and application and if it's okay (I told him about the identity theft and he seemed understanding), then I will move in on the first, sans furniture. This is actually great for me, since I should know about the results of my interview - possibly interviews if I get a second interview at a college I applied for in Oak.land - within the next month and can then decide if I will be moving North or not. If not, then I'll likely stay there a second month and continue to seek stable, long-term housing in this area.
As I write all this out, I can hear that it sounds kind of crazy, but after my last few months of uncertainty and living in three different places, all belonging to other people, this feels pretty stable and sensible to me. Paying rent again will stress my finances, but my income will go back up mid-August when Fall semester starts, and it all should be do-able. Fingers crossed, I'll be making a big move up North very soon! :-)