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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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So glad I don't live in California.

915 days ago


I think you guys at TMZ need to find out what 'Welfare' (which, btw, isn't called that anymore) really is. She is getting FOOD assistance. Did you know that millions and millions of families get food assistance every month? It's not 'welfare'. It's not money in her pocket. She is trying to feed her kids! Was she right with having 8 babies (let alone the other kids she has) when she clearly couldn't afford them? Absolutely not. But what's done is done and ANY good mother would do what they need to to provide for their family. I commend her for putting her pride aside and doing what she NEEDED to do. TMZ, get a life. Not everyone is a celebrity that makes millions a year.

915 days ago


tie the tubes...if not, you can bet she'll have more kids to collect more welfare money

915 days ago


what a ****ing bitch, people like me work our asses off and have to suffer trying to give our children what they need and this whore did this?? she knew what she was doing, that bitch should have to get a job

915 days ago

BJ Rocks    

She is a disgusting mess! What a disgrace.. I feel bad for all of those kids.

915 days ago


Who cares about this baby factory! Why is this on TMZ???????????????

915 days ago


Have Mike Walters-(One of TMZ's reporters) take the OCTOMOM & her little darlings in.
He's always had a thing for her....even loved her nude pictorials last week.

915 days ago


Put the kids into the state's hands and let Nadya go it alone without the government's handout. The kids would be better cared for (even it being California!).

915 days ago


This grifter milked the government out of millions. Food stamps, disability, W/C, SSI, MediCal, student "loans" just to name a few "opportunities" she took full advantage of for over 10 years. POS!!!

915 days ago

Kim Goodwin    

She didn't have any intentions to have this many kids. Why people keep making it sound like she planned to have 8 kids at once. Ya dumb to have one more but to her she was leaving a baby to abort if she didnt use the fertilized eggs frozen, people are upset if people get abortions or not use their eggs and upset if people dont feed their kids right but she has done the best she can for as long as she can without any help. I know my family makes more than $100,000 with 5 kids and it costs us 1200 for food a month. These kids are here because of a dr making a big mistake on top of her decision. Dont judge until you walk in anyone elses shoes. Im sure most would have aborted half or more of those babies. She is a good mom to them so stop judging and look in the mirror and think ofwhy you judge. Others dont deserve to be on the system but 12 kids no chikdsupport

915 days ago

Sugar Kitty    

The debit card actually looks like that? It's like inviting people to go on welfare. She gets 2,000 a month and can still earn over 100,000 per year? No wonder CA is going broke. I'll bet alot of people go to CA to get welfare.

915 days ago

Jay W.     

It's not the childrens fault.

915 days ago


Nadya Suleman needs a stable "JOB" but I don't see "ANY" of "YOU" pathetic "HATERS" offering her any viable "EMPLOYMENT"!!! I'm not mad at her because she sought public assistance to keep her children from "STARVING"!!! I really feel sorry for her immediate family because as angry as they may be at her, they CAN'T TURN THEIR BACKS on her children and neither can a CARING, COMPASSIONATE SOCIETY!!! Nadya's children are HERE AND THEY AREN'T GOING ANYWHERE!!! She has a mighty tough road ahead of her and now it's time for her to set her illusions of "fame and grandeur" aside.

915 days ago


TMZ are disgusting, think I'm going to stop coming here reading their BS upload. Why put this woman out there like that other then to shame her, to laugh and make fun of her? Are you forgetting regardless of her past mistakes that she is a fricking human being and have feelings too. This is so personal, private and should not be posted all over the boards for people to add on to circus by printing such horror crap about Nadya who has tried her harded for three years to do the right thing and to stay off public assistance. To not become a burden on taxpayers again, but times are hard for everybody. If you say it's not for you, YOU'RE LYING! I'm betting half of you are shacking up, living off the system yourself and the only reason why you can hate and talk crap is because your personal business is not being exposed by TMZ and other garbage websites like that. People at TMZ should be happy they got a job making their living off other people misery. Harvey and crew should be totally shame of themselves. I hope God punish them good for this one. Totally not necessary to put Nadya out there when all she is trying to do is keep her family together, keep them alive and healthy.

I got news for all you so called taxpayers out there who is bit-ching about Nadya being on food stamps and running up their tax dollars. First of all Nadya is not the first or the last single mother raising kids on food stamps and secondly, don't worry about your precious "Old age retirement checks or your disability checks, it'll always be there waiting for you. Beside; if you really have a job you get a vast majority of your money back come income tax time so stop complaining and let these precious 14 little darlings who didn't ask to be here, stay together as a family. Stay with their mom and let them eat until their belly is completely full.

I'm going to ask God to watch over Nadya and her family and to guide and protect them from evil and hateful people such are the ones on here who act like their poop doesn't stink. In otherwords act like they never made mistakes and act like they are perfect. I have you know the only people who are perfect are the ones who are dead and not walking this earth. They're the ones that doesn't have to worry about where their next meals are going to come from, or who is talking trash about them, don't have to find jobs, pay bills etc so you all keep that in mind next time you stick your nose up at someone less fortunate then yourself. Shame on all haters!

I am also going to ask God to help Nadya find a safe and happy home for her kids and I pray deeply that God answer my prayers.

915 days ago


As it been stated, the "doctor" should pay for these neglected children and the anti abortion crowd. I do not advocate abortion, it's not a birth control and should be use in extreme cases. The "doctor" was already convicted of gross malpractice in this case, and I believe his license revoked. The people who really pay for this mess are single people (some have children), who get taxed higher for NOT having 14 kids. People these days should not get huge tax benefits for more than two or three children, any more tax the crap out of them! Mothers on welfare should have total birth control education and services provided mandatory.

915 days ago
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