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Trebek Center homeless shelter opens at site of former Northridge roller rink – Daily News

A brand new homeless shelter on the site of the former Northridge roller rink celebrated its opening on Thursday, May 12, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The 107-bed housing facility was named The Trebek Center in honor of the late Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, and can supply a path to everlasting housing, offering providers and outreach.

“We all know that homelessness is complicated,” mentioned Jean Trebek, widow of Alex Trebek, who died in 2020 from pancreatic most cancers. “There is no single pathway to the streets,” she mentioned. “There’s no single intervention that ends homelessness. But there is a single remedy and it’s called love. Supporting another is loving another and the transformational power of support will surely be known at this site.”

The 23-000-square-foot facility at 18140 Parthenia St. Northridge will embody the Trebek library together with his books and furnishings.

The complicated is a component of town’s A Bridge Home housing initiative. It will present sizzling meals, showers, case administration, psychological well being providers, substance abuse therapy, employment counseling and everlasting housing placement providers. Residents shall be allowed to remain within the facility till everlasting housing is secured.

Los Angeles City Councilmember John Lee, whose district consists of Northridge, mentioned that by  opening the shelter town is “taking the necessary footsteps to combat what is happening on our city streets.”

Lee thanked the residents of his district for the troublesome choices that led to approving to the shelter, which changed a preferred roller rink. He mentioned, “Losing something that was so incredibly valuable to us, with so many incredible memories, was not an easy pill for people to swallow.”

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