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Octomom

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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181.

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.

851 days ago
182.

morshalee    

The Two Most Powerful Words In The World!!!

"LOVE AND MONEY"

These words have me thinking and asking myself why is it so hard for people to choose between both words so i decided to give my VIEW in my own words.What's love? Love's passionate affection for another person. A deep connection between two person at times you can't even explain.The truth be told you can't choose who to love..
LOVE can affect u in two ways (1) It can make u look and feel alive it's like you're on top of the world and nothing else around you matters. (2) It can make u feel like u want to die because the pain is so bad..LOVE sometimes make your heart beats faster when you think about the one you LOVE. You'll do, say and act in ways that you didn't know you could. LOVE at times blinds and clouds your judgment. And if anyone try to steer you away from LOVE you'll hate them.Yes! you can be in LOVE with more than one person at the same time but if you've to choose their is one that you LOVE a little more than the other for your own reason..
They say MONEY can't buy LOVE..I still believe that's true but at times people push LOVE a side for financial reason. LOVE and MONEY is the most powerful thing in the world. At times MONEY wins but i think MONEY wins because some people push LOVE away for financial stability. Their heart isn't in it but they stay for the stability it gives them. The big question is do they forget about LOVE? or they still yearn for LOVE?..I think you can't forget about true LOVE..
I think why most people end up cheating is because their heart isn't in it for LOVE don't matter how hard they try..Apart of them is always going be longing for that feeling of true LOVE..When you're with someone that you genuinely LOVE that feeling is priceless..especially when the feeling is mutual. For one of the most powerful word in the world it is for FREE..so why when we've LOVE at times we mess it up? even when we don't mean to?? My question is why it's so hard to hold on to LOVE?
Despite the power MONEY has on people, they still want that feeling of LOVE. Being in LOVE is one of the best feeling that you can experience. I can say i rather have LOVED and lost than never to have experience LOVE at all. When LOVE goes bad which it often do that feeling at times is unbearable..You buried LOVE when you loose it but LOVE is tricky, it comes upon you unexpected. When it comes around it pushes through your heart like a flower pushing through the dirt..
I think there is no cure for loosing LOVE some may say new LOVE make you forget about old LOVE that's true in some cases..but not because you replace old LOVE means that you forget about it..When you can't be with the one that you truly LOVE because of financial reason i think that's a slow killer..Being in LOVE is the best feeling ever..although in life some people never experience that true LOVE they just accept what they have...I don't think that someone can truly be complete without LOVE...Dam!!that five letter word MONEY...
At times we tend to do things that hurt the ones we LOVE the most..I don't know why it's like that but it will be that way even when i am gone. The people we LOVE the most we hurt the most. Life throws us curves balls we catch some and get hit by the others..Why is that? I don't know! I guess it's a part of life..But don't ever give up on LOVE because GOD is LOVE...

851 days ago
183.

veronica    

EBT. Stands for her( Everything Better Today. ) with her new Atm card lol

851 days ago
184.

Jennifer    

I love this story. It should be less about her going against what she said she wouldn't do. More about her stepping up and realizing she has to do what she has to do to take care of her kids. I'm proud of you Nadia, you are FINALLY stepping up to be the mom you should be.

851 days ago
185.

SCOTT PUTNAM    

@ jamin ... its not just a cali thing.. its welfare its a US goverment thing !!!! should only get money for three of her kids... thats what most people get...my exwife only gets $110.00 a mounth for food stamps..and son ..ive paid in to this **** for the last 30 years..and now that times are hard they dont want to pay out to the people who pay into it...but they;ll pay this bitch ...

851 days ago
186.

srsly    

Why is Britney Spears under a conservatorship and not this idiot?

851 days ago
187.

Mike    

She has a job, making kids so she can life of the rest of us.

851 days ago
188.

xoLovelyyxo    

geez, personal information much?

851 days ago
189.

OBAMA CLAUS     

Serioulsy , if i was her i'd just bail out . There is no way she can raise these kids , most COUPLED Parents have their hands full with ONE OR TWO brats. She has bitten off more than she can chew, the kids are paying the price , and no one wins. Hey, OCTO , here's how you do it, leave em with the babysitter and don't look back, it'll be hard at first but it's the only right thing you can do now.

This one backfired on her , so she's not the genius she thinks she is-there are childless couples who would love to adopt one or two, her kids have a provenance the other orphans don't have, so they'd get adopted quick. You know ?

"yeah, we got one of the Octo's , sorta wish now we'd got the younger ones, but we're happy:"

851 days ago
190.

teedofftaxpayer    

She must make the bible thumpers happy. That's what they want are lots of kids. Perhaps it's time for one those churches to step up to the plate and support this woman.

In all honesty, I do think the doctor who impregnated her with those sperms need to be supporting her right now. He's just as much responsible for these kids as she is.

851 days ago
191.

Laker    

She should walk into a plane propeller. That stupid model blogger (which is a euphemism for "unemployed bimbo") proved that stupidity pays off in this country.

851 days ago
192.

duchoa    

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851 days ago
193.

MEow    

Duh,,,,,those 2 grand are "food stamps on wax", you guys are just too much,,,,,,,,,

851 days ago
194.

Inconceivable!    

She collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for a "bad back" that left she claimed her so incapacitated she claimed to not be able to get off the couch, but was in getting IVF at the EXACT SAME TIME & was photographed giving her kids horsey rides (with 2 on her back at once!). This is not a joke or exaggeration either! Not only did she squander away her workers comp payout, but also the million plus dollars she made when the babies were born.
No matter how much money this woman gets, it will get squandered and NOT used to secure living expenses, because that's what the state taxpayers are for!!
She has not paid rent for her house since last June but her kids have still been in private school (until this article today). Nadya is unable to prioritize!!

851 days ago
195.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

This woman stands for everything wrong with America today, and you know what? It's really not her fault. It's the mad scientists who just can't keep their hands out of God's work and this is the end result. 2 grand a month, for nothing but just waking up. That's take home pay for someone working their azzzz off at around 15 bucks an hour a month!!!! Tax free, and times that by how many ghettomomma's out there cashing in while ghettodaddy hides at Statesville or Fulsom or wherever/ A jail term's a lot easier than working day in and day out to earn that 2 grand to raise these kids even though Dr Testube is the 'daddy'. HE should be paying for these kids, not US.

851 days ago
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