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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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Harvey's Gerbil    


747 days ago


TMZ saw it coming, but happily profits from it.

747 days ago


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

747 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.

747 days ago


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

747 days ago

Harvey's Gerbil    

Fact is, this b!tch needs to get A REAL JOB and take care of her obligations and be a responsible adult. shockingly I have NEVER seen ANYONE EVER mention that as a solution to this b!tch and her financial issues. She CHOSE to be pumped full of all of those babies. If she were a man in the same situation her a$$ would be sitting in prison.

747 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.

747 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!

747 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

747 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

747 days ago


I am shocked! *sarcastic face*

747 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!

747 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.

747 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.

747 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

747 days ago
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