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Now On Welfare

3/31/2012 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0330-nadya-suleman-Welfaretmz-exOctomom is doing what she swore she would never do -- go on welfare ... TMZ has learned.

The mother of 14 is getting $2,000 a month from the State of California. The money is deposited directly into a special debit card account (see above). The card can ONLY be used for food -- and it's closely monitored by the State to make sure the cardholder isn't making illegal purchases -- i.e., buying a bike at Costco.

It's a cruel twist, for a woman who vowed in 2010 -- a year after giving birth to octuplets -- she would NEVER go on welfare, saying she refused to become "a self-fulfilling prophecy" by accepting government assistance.

Octo qualified for the card because her income is less than $119,000 a year ... and a family of 15 that makes less than that amount is entitled to welfare benefits

In case you're wondering, the $119,000 figure is based on an average of just under $8,000 for each member of the household. The more kids, the more you can make and still receive welfare.

We’re told the cash-strapped mom has taken her children out of private school, except for her one son who has autism, saving her $4,000 a month. And as we first reported, she's even posing topless to make ends meet. But it just wasn't enough.

It's a sad story, but one we saw coming from a mile away.


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TMZ saw it coming, but happily profits from it.

934 days ago


typical american trash....makes kids she cant afford to feed and we have to pay for it

934 days ago


The doctor who artificially inseminated her knowing full well that she did not have the means of providing for fourteen children should have to pay child support for the octuplets. And, if he is also responsible for the first six children, then he should have to support them as well.

934 days ago


she was on welfare before she became octomom and made money and received donations...Not surprised!!!

934 days ago


Sure.. she's dumb for having all of those kids and some of her comments about them have had her saying basically she regrets it.. but what's done is done. The kids are here and she has to feed 'em so whatever. She could have made a million doing porn but she turned it down so at least she has some character, I guess.

934 days ago


A responsible poor single person with no children most likely wouldn't get assistance from the government! This is royally messed-up! And don't you have to be employed or looking for a steady job to get welfare? And she couldn't make her house payments, but she paid $4000 a month to have her children in private schools? That's some messed-up BS!

934 days ago

Cognizant _illiberal    

so when she was making money at the peak of this fiasco she was going to disneyland every month and buying designer glasses and clothes and now is taking our tax money, this is not right there needs to be a law to prevent this crap i see this behavior a lot but not with 14 kids

934 days ago

Cognizant _illiberal    

If you are not a California tax payer i dont want to hear you defend her me and my fellow californians are the ones affected and we have a right to be mad

934 days ago


I am shocked! *sarcastic face*

934 days ago


A reasonable and responsible parent of that many children would have done porn to put food on the table. WTH is wrong with her!

934 days ago


the real story here is that someone who makes 100k a year actually qualifies for welfare.then ca wonders why they are so broke no wonder.most of the state can get on welfare if they want.growing up my dad made around 25k a year and struggled when we would try to get some help they turned us down saying we made to much money.

934 days ago

Ginger Pail    

This is truly not news, she has been on and off the EBT system for years and about the school. Either they got sick of her antics, and non-Christian behaviour or just couldn't ask the people who provide the tuition assistance to front her the money any longer. And why does she still use her "married" name? She is divorced from Marcos and it can't be because it gives unity to the family. Their last names are all SOLOMON.

934 days ago

Cognizant _illiberal    

it is a well do***ented fact that most people, mostly women who go to college and want to major in psychology are often troubled and looking for for reasons to justify their troubled minds or point fingers at other troubled people, she was studying psychology before this fiasco and she was also receiving disability payments but was able to drive do aerobics and other activities she was obviously cheating the disability benefits programs and she is milking the systems as much as she can all around , if you cannot afford children you should not be having children and if you are not a california tax payer mind your own business i payed 5 figures in california state tax this year and have no children so i already dont want it going to schools but am even more mad it is going to support people like nadia suleman

934 days ago


AWWW! She had to take her kids out of private school. How sad that she now has to send her kids to public school like the rest of us. I have no sympathy for this train wreck but I do feel badly for her children. Can you imagine having her as a mother?

934 days ago


I believe Nadya is on welfare, and I believe she's still using the name Gutierrez despite the fact that her former husband M. Gutierrez has no relationship whatsoever to any of her children. But I have to ask: TMZ, how did you get access to her EBT card to photograph it? Is your pic a photoshop job? You didn't use the caption "TMZ Composite." If the card is real, who showed it to you? Nadya, her mother or her father?

Weren't Nadya's kids still in the private Christian school on March 23, when the 3rd grade had a field trip to San Diego Zoo? That day, Nadya took a celebrity pay-per-minute phone call from Jezebel mag, and said she was at the zoo with her daughter. Somebody also tweeted that they saw her there. So are her kids finishing up the school year at the private school? Or has Nadya taken them out of that school since March 23?

Sorry to hear the kids will have to give up their familiar school, but if Nadya couldn't even pay rent since last May or buy food, she had no business spending money on private school tuition.

934 days ago
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