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I know that my sister's ex got a temporary custody order for a similar situation here in Oregon - so I know it's possible. You should be able to file for an emergency hearing - and be seen within 10 days to make your case for temporary custody. I do believe judges are loathe to change permanent custody, but s/he would likely stipulate that bio mom couldn't regain fulltime custody (or even overnight visitation) until a suitable living situation was attained. (Have you talked to bio mom about a voluntary temporary living arrangement? That is, perhaps she'd agree to let the kids stay with you given certain visitation parameters until a new living arrangement was found - without having to go to court.)
Regarding homestudies and other requests by one parent. I don't know anything definitive, but my sister's ex, again, requested a homestudy and the judge ordered that they both be subject to the homestudy and said that the requesting party must pay for it. (In their divorce, however, when he requested a psychological evaluation, they both had to go through it and split the costs.) I hope this helps - what a frustrating situation for you!
Mrs. S - Crunchy child of The King, Wife to my best friend, and Mama to my many blessings.