Philadelphians Opening Their Homes For Pope Francis Visit

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Pope Francis historic visit to the United States is just months away. Some Philadelphia area residents are preparing early for the Papal visit by opening their homes to international visitors in September.

57 year old, Patricia Hughey, is looking forward to the Papal visit in September as she opening her home to two brothers from the Democratic Republic of Congo through the host a family program and homestay dot com.

“It's going to make you be apart of that historical experience in way that you wouldn't be if you're just passively passing by you will be apart of it,” Hughey said.

More than a million, maybe 2 million people will be in Philadelphia in September for the chance to see and pray with Pope Francis. The "Host a Family" program provides affordable housing options for people in and outside the United State who want to experience this once in a lifetime experience.

“I think everyone should consider hosting a family for this event because it is a once in a lifetime event. It's a historic event where the Pope comes here and by inviting someone from another country who is coming on that pilgrimage to see the Pope and to stay in your home you're going to be apart of that event,” Hughey said.

So far more than 1,000 people have signed up for the Host a family program and thousands more are expected.

Want to host a family this September? Check out the "Host A Family Program"

By: David Grzybowski/ PHL17

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