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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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Another TMZ non-story that doesn't even make sense. If it's a card loaded just for food, that's just the old food stamps program, not the welfare program. Food assistance is handled via a card now, same size as credit and debit cards. She's been on food stamps before when she was still in s hooligan and working on a master's degree, as many grad students with children are. I doubt very much that she's actually on the real welfare program because she probably doesn't meet the assets and income requirements, even with the 8 more kids she has now. Anyway, if she really were on the welfare program, the money would not be restricted to food. That a separate program, much easier to get on. Many people get food stamps while underemployed or unemployed. It's harder to tell with the newer cards, but that used to be a good informal indicator of the real unemployment rate: how many people had food stamps in the grocery store line.
Don't really get all the hate toward this woman. If she had had just one more kid as she really expected from past experience, she would have been able to easily support them on the kind of money she could get once she finished her master's degree. Her plan was quirky but financially sound. The octuplets threw everything into a tailspin, as they do for everybody. That's why families of multiplets of that size get a lot of help (including free housing) from their communities rather than hate. She would have been better off in a smaller community where she would have been treated better. Can't say she's not trying to make money, though.
One mother of sextuplets said about 10% of their mail (snailmail in those days) was hate mail from people enraged that they were adding so much to the population. I think the hatemail is really just the same now, but you guys aren't spending money for a stamp but posting on the internet. This gives you the illusion that a lot of people feel the same way. They really don't. They just don't hang out on the computer much.

903 days ago


Well we knew it would happen, but at least she is from this country.

903 days ago


just another piece of **** mother teaching her kids that welfare is a job

903 days ago


This income estimates you gave are for food stamps, not cash welfare.

Does it really matter? The kids need to eat.

The woman is a mess but she does have kids that need care, as much as I hate the situation I hate the doctor that made the situation a reality even more.

I am sick of the stories about her and her brood, but if you must publish them at least get the facts straight, this is food stamps, not cash welfare.

903 days ago


Like it or not there are 14 children that deserve to be fed. No way can she work a normal 9 to 5 job and earn enough to feed and house them let alone daycare for the younger ones. I know what I paid for just after school care. It may not be fair to taxpayers but it is what it is.

903 days ago


the doctor who inseminated her should be paying child support.

903 days ago


Knew it would happen, but at least she is from this country.

903 days ago


isn't this information suppose to be private?

903 days ago


Hmmmm, I wonder if the state of CA will be watching her ass close enough when she continues to pose like she did...and get paid not only under the table, but being under the table...awwww...and getting paid in other ways...there are many other ways to get paid for services so it doesn't effect her welfare check....everyone has choices in life, she deliberately choose to produce all of those children to possibly earn fame and your ass to a job and close everything else!! People are producing children like litters anymore....animals take care of their own better than humans....

903 days ago


i think its more sad that tmz thinks its cool to expose someones hardships doesnt matter if she had 14 kids the fact that u posted her card online means u are pretty pathetic!

903 days ago


This woman is disgusting & the state needs to take her kids away (like they should have in the beginning). Now we have to pay her to take care of them & since we're paying, why not let someone sane and more capable take care of them. Why were her kids in private school in the first place? Me, along with many others on average income (who work I might add), couldn't send our kids to private school!! She knew full well up front that she was going to have to take care of 14 kids on her own. The doctor who did the procedure should never get to touch another woman as long as he lives - and he should just marry her so he can help take of the kids he created. I'm so sick of seeing her in the news and having to look at her nasty big lips. She's a poor excuse for a mother, citizen and person in general. I feel sorry for her kids, but she has got to go!

903 days ago


Great, just great. Now the people will be paying for her kids. Unreal. I say send her to africa. If we outsource jobs, why not our problems w/ dumb ass's like this.

While we're at it, build prisons in Africa and outsource prisoners. Income for africans and less of a financial burden on AMERICAS CITIZENS!! Who would be against that?

903 days ago


Nadia squandered thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, she has some nerve now complaining about being poor. Shes arrogant- thats why shes broke.

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903 days ago


I feel awful for those kids. They didn't ask to be brought into the world with a poor excuse of a mother like her. She knew what she was getting into, I really don't feel anything for her at all. Good job screwing up their lives, woman. Why haven't they been taken away yet?

903 days ago
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