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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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DAMN I'M PESTED!.....I am now supporting all those kids with my tax paying dollars. California is in trouble and here we are paying for all those damn kids.....what a Fu*king Joke!!!

899 days ago

mike holly    

i do not care how many brats, move into a place you can afford. 119 grand and u need my money. i make half that and don't beg for a dime

899 days ago


did anyone not think this was going to happen? i feel sorry for those children who live in such a unstable enviroment

899 days ago


Can Nadya go to Starbucks still and get her nails done? Just wondering....

899 days ago


You mean someone cannot afford 14 kids without working? Really? I never would have guessed.

Nadya WAS OFFERED A JOB as a Production Assistant by Steve Hirsch - no nudity involved, just hours of real work behind the scenes on set and a steady income. Nadya declined because she is chasing a dream if being a star collecting easy money. She CHOSE to be a single mom but doesn't want to work to support her kids with any real work. Nadya believes she deserves to be a full time stay at home mom at taxpayers expense.

Nadya found Tens of thousands of dollars for multiple IVF procedure - some worked & some didn't. She secured that money, but won't hunt for $$ to raise the kids? Suze Orman reviewed her finances and told Oprah that Nadya made enough money after the babies were born to buy a house outright and have enough money to raise her kids (without needing to work) until the babies were 18. Nadya squandered the money & wasted it on something (a tummy tuck & puffy lips maybe?). Now taxpayers are forking out the cash to raise these kids. IF ONLY SHE WORKED AS HARD TO FIND THE MONEY TO RAISE THE KIDS AS SHE DID TO CREATE THEM!!

899 days ago

Umm ok...    

These kids were not an unexpected inconvenience that were thrust upon her, she purposely & methodically planned to conceive them while she was well aware that her first six, fatherless children were already on welfare. She is obviously extremely mentally unstable and seems to have no intention of even attempting to become gainfully employed in any capacity. She is not mentally, physically or financially capable of raising & tending to these 14 kids. They should each be placed with people who have the ability to care for their individual needs and parent them in a stable environment.

899 days ago

It Be Me..    

NOW this PISSES me off

899 days ago


That is what happens when there is no thinking involved.

899 days ago


I think Dr. Phil should hire her a budget planner, rather than three nannies. With someone to take the checks she gets from whatever photo shoots, interviews or whatever she does to make money then sit down and budget that all out for her, I'm pretty positive those kids won't suffer. If after she gets a planner and then decides "NOT" to work, and that planner can prove she's shunning work to the government then it's time for them to step in.

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899 days ago


Tell us this: where did she get the money for all that plastic surgery, personal trainers, hairdos, manicures, Starbucks? She has ALWAYS lived beyond her means. Let her buy a big sack of beans and she can feed her kids.

899 days ago


At first I loathed the woman, I ranted about her idiot choice and mental condition but it has now been some time and I am not angered by this decision of getting welfare, face it although we are the ones who will inevidably will pay for her bad choices she is not the first nor the last.
And if any of you have any balls why do you not vote against the bullcrap Governor Brown tax increase or vote against all bonds for a ridiculous train to Frisco if you are concern about the monies. Better yet all of you students who go to the Cal State systems and UC systems get your head out of your occupy loving a*s and wake up!! You fees are going up because you have to pay for all the spoiled instructors who have Cadillac benefits.
Sure Nadya screwed up!! but all of these politicians have been screwing us and will continue with the charade of "representing you, the taxpayer, welfare to politicians etc.
And regardless of your petty minds Nadya 's children do need help!!

899 days ago


She's getting almost as much for NOT working as I am working.

899 days ago


Heres how it works. you get cash benefits AND you get food stamps--both are loaded on one card, they are 2 seperate accounts. you use the food for food ONLY, and the cash you can withdraw and use however you choose to--been there.

899 days ago

arale norimaki    

who is the father of octomom's children?

Under California law, the father must sign a form to have his name on the birth certificate.

899 days ago
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