Life House finalized its purchase of the former Cooper's Engraving building Wednesday.

The building, at 21 N. First Ave. W., will be used to expand the nonprofit's Legitimate Hustle Program. Life House provides homeless youth with support, transitional housing and a safe alternative to the streets.

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"We are really excited that it's so close to our current Life House building; it's adjacent to the current building," said Margie Nelson, marketing and communications officer for Life House. "We are going to be able to have all of the youth access all of the services as well as the job training program."

Life House has been leasing the building for several months and currently houses its Legitimate Hustle Program there. The program allows youth who don't have a lot of experience to learn skills in how to start a small business.

"Then they start the small business from the ground up and run their own social enterprise," Nelson said.

Nelson said buying the two-story building will allow the program to expand.

"The building houses the work space for the program, and eventually we will be putting a full classroom in there as well," she said.

In the long term, Nelson said they hope to connect the two buildings, which physically touch each other.

"We are excited about this new opportunity to expand our employment program," Executive Director Maude Dornfeld said in a statement. "With more space, we'll be able to teach more youth skills to help them succeed."