08/09/2013 08:00 am ET Updated Aug 13, 2013

Nas Raises Money To Aid Unemployed Washington DC Resident And His Displaced Family

Throughout the course of his recording career, Nas has been known to flex his benevolence in aiding those in need.

Most recently the platinum-selling MC has put a call to action via funding platform, Crowdtilt, in an effort to help Stanley Young, an unemployed Washington, D.C., construction worker and single father, find a new residence for himself and his eight children.

According to ABC News D.C. affiliate, WJLA, Young and his family have been temporarily residing in a hotel for the last two weeks, after a fire destroyed their home two weeks ago. Though the hotel has provided temporary shelter for the family, they must move out by August 13.

The tragic event has since caught the attention of the Def Jam Recording artist, who has already raised more than $20,000

He wrote on Crowdtilt,

Stanley Young is an unemployed construction worker and single father. Two weeks ago, a fire destroyed his home. His family is stuck in a hotel, but time is running out. I could barely watch his tragic story on the news... here's the clip: -- they will be kicked out by August 13th if we don't do something to help now.

I am also a single father, and we don't get enough credit in this country. I'm committed to helping Stanley and his eight (yes 8!) kids. Moreover, I believe and hope that we should all, as a community, come together to help our fellow American men and women when they need us in desperate situations like this. See if you can't find a few dollars to help the Youngs get back on their feet with me. We need to raise enough to extend their stay, and maybe even afford a down payment on a new house or something.

This is real. It is me. I'm putting in $5,000 myself. Never done something like this, but I have faith that our American community can pull together a miracle for this strong family who needs our help right now. If we can get to the $20,000 goal, I'll put in another $5,000 too.

Thanks and God bless.

With 9 days left in the campaign Nas has raised over $36,000 to date.