Back around the middle of April, after failing to find working here or in Cali, and our encroaching end of lease date, I started searching for work exchange for housing opportunities. This of course being a tiny bit more difficult when searching for a place who will take in an unmarried couple, but also their two feline companions. But I lucked out!
After sending several emails to numerous ads, a couple responded for a child care exchange. James and I watch their children and do general house-keeping and some handyman stuff around the house in exchange for room, boarding and $100 a week. There's no time limit, it's basically until they decide they want to change nannies/housekeepers or we decide we're ready to move again.
Things are looking positive again. Hopefully life moves up from here.