Networking! The best way to find a job is to go to the BAIA networking events. They are a great way to get inserted quickly into the community. I can help introduce you to people. Also, explore my network on LinkedIn if there are some people you'd like to be introduced to.
Regarding lodging: airbnb.com is great. Or the U.S. version of Bacheca: www.craigslist.org. I will keep a lookout for people renting.