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Homeless Shelter At Former Skateland Rollerskating Rink In Northridge Named For Alex Trebek

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A cherished skating rink has closed and will become a homeless shelter made possible by another beloved Los Angeles institution – the late "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek.

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Before Trebek died last November, he and his wife made a donation so that the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission could purchase the old Skateland rollerskating rink and turn it into a bridge homeless shelter. The facility was unveiled Thursday as the Trebek Center.

"I know how proud Alex was of their mission. He was so deeply grateful to be a part of the solution, to always lend a helping hand by offering both hope and practical assistance to those in need," his wife, Jean Trebek, said at the sign's unveiling.

The 23,000-square-foot Trebek Center will undergo a $6 million renovation before it becomes a 100-bed bridge shelter to help the homeless transition into housing.

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