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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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her kids were in private school what made her think of having all these kids in the first place she did it for the money how did she think she was going to afford them now shes bearing it all for money those kids should be taken away shes taking off her clothes when she should be at home watching those kids

913 days ago


Reading these posts...sounds like many think her kids should starve because she was irresponsible. She deserves credit for keeping the wolf from the door this long. As for her working, how much do you think day care would cost for 8 3year olds? Probably more than she would make. She is in a bad spot with 14 children relying on her.

913 days ago


This just pisses me off! Why is it some women think they can make all these babies and have others take care of their the taxpayers of CA? Only in America I tell you, only in America!

913 days ago


OMG,I fear for the safety and well-being of these children.....

913 days ago

Cognizant _illiberal    

mark my words it is going to be an eventful year with octomom she is not getting very many paid appearances and is bound to crack soon because so far she has been living quite well and pampered weather she knows it or not but she has been making good money these past years and living pretty well , now that she is actually going to have to budget and be responsible and some what of a mature adult i predict a public breakdown that she could have avoided by being responsible in the first place.

913 days ago



TeamNadya is strangely absent from the threads this week. Her posts are still available, and they would have been deleted if she'd been kicked off, at least I think so. Wonder what's up with that?

913 days ago


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913 days ago

Rosemary S    

In response to the article, she did what she had to do, someone with all those kids and no incomes, needs to get money somehow. it saids she gets two thousand a month, and it saids u only can use it for food well that is BS you can also use it as cash. she probably got one thousand in food stamps, and one thousand in cash. and yes you can buy whatever you want with the cash, you can buy tvs, bicyles get your nails down. used it to go to the casino I know cause I work in retail and people use their EBT card to buy A TV or to take money out to gamble. so that is why california is how it is cause people just keep on popping kids cause they know that the more kids they have the more money they get. SO THAT IS WHY CALIFORNIA IS IN THE HOLE, what California needs to do is get rid of the cash aide part and just have the food stamps and that is it. CAUSE IMMIGRANTS HAVE IT EASY HERE IN CALIFORNIA THEY GET EVERYTHING FOR FREE. Sad so sad

913 days ago


Hello ... this is not news ... she admitted to being on food stamps before the 8 kids were born & the kids were all born on medi-cal ... she has been lying all this time about NOT being on welfare.

913 days ago


Make her pay back some of the money when she starts to earn some. People have seen her at the Brea Mall in California with a designer bag and buying Mac make-up. do you explain that Naydia?

913 days ago


I blame the government, if they are going to give these women money they need to number one: JACK UP THE FATHERS for child support, if they can't pay send them to jail.
Two: put THEIR ASSES to work cleaning buildings, parks whatever to earn this money.
I'm Sick of the LAZY ASS IGNORANT PEOPLE, raising more LAZY ASS ignorant people and getting $ for nothing!!

913 days ago


Just trash

913 days ago


All my opinion. -

Yes, she is a scammer in every way possible. She had a green card marriage with Marcos Guttierez, then there was the workmen's compensation fraud, then there was her little scam to implant twelve embryos so she could have a batch of babies and achieve fame and fortune. Obviously she has no morals. Who in their right mind would recklessly endanger the lives of their own children so that they could be rich and famous? What is even more disgusting now that the babies are here is how she treats them. She uses food to control them. She pinches their little faces. She leaves them locked up in their bedrooms. They are three and they do not speak clearly or in sentences. They can barely repeat words. They are not potty trained. We all know what a normal three year old is like. Please God, how can you allow her to be so evil to her own babies? There are so many people that have enabled her. Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew, her manager, her parents, her nannies, her lawyer. The list goes on and on. Please, come out and tell the truth to CPS. Why are you people covering up for her? How you protect this bitch over those helpless babies?

913 days ago


I know I might get hate for this... But Yes we all saw this coming but this woman made so many people angry there really wasnt anyway she could support these children on her own. She will never have a job that pays more than enough to feed all those kids. At least she is trying to supply for them.(although I will say that the woman should have been declared unfit mother and had them taken away) I'll agree that I am pissed I'm paying for those kids now since I live in California and pay taxes here.

913 days ago

just because    

who needs steve hirsh when you get steve hirsh taxes!

913 days ago
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