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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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at least she tries to make money,many of her attackers wouldn't have gone that far to make money, i know, they wouldn't have been in her position in the first place, but again, she tries, from what i read

906 days ago


She's only getting food stamps you say. That's not welfare. She can make the big bucks with welfare. So is she on welfare or welfare and food stamps?

906 days ago

Patrick Henry    

CPS needs to step in and take those kids. Adopt them out to families who want and can afford children. The doctor who allowed this mess should be held legally and financially responsible as well. My parents grew up in the depression and were well taken care of and trained to work and support the household and to this day they have never owed anyone, paying cash for whatever they needed. I have an adult daughter who works and pays her way through college but does not qualify for college loans scholarships or ever medical and yet she chooses not to whore herself out. She is also responsible enough to use birth control, has two saving accounts and helps out at home. It's the unethical press who has made this woman a household name and shame on them for that.

906 days ago


Wow! So does welfare cover couples who can't have children and spent tens of thousands of dollars to do so....and work our asses off every day to pay this **** off? LOLZ Welcome to America, home of the free, and land of the back asswards....

906 days ago


Not right, not fair to hard working, tax paying RESPONSIBLE people.

906 days ago


It is for food only. It it sad how we americans toss away good food. I have no problem with making sure children are fed.

906 days ago


getto mom ...that should be her new tax payers have 2 pay 4 her and her kids makes me sick...this chic needs 2 get a job and stop taking nasty pics of her self...i dont under stand ?????she just makes me sick...maybe if she stoped her plastic surgery she would have money 4 her kids

906 days ago


People like her are the reason world is going to sh*t. EVery single problem we are facing today stems from overpopulation. She should be sterilized on the spot after even considering having 14 kids. Shes obviously mentally retarded.

906 days ago


Not gonna lie. I am very pissed off at her putting the taxpayers on the hook for that army of kids she chose to have knowing she could not afford to take care of them.

906 days ago


Oh I'd love to hear what TeamNadya has to say now! But she's been receiving Govt assistance since the child with autism was diagnosed. She just doesn't consider that Gov't assistance for some reason.

Get a job Nadya. You're an embarrassment to your children, all of whom you should never have had if you couldn't support them yourself. Not to mention all the money you had at one time. The money that Suzy Orman stated and you agreed that was enough to raise them until adulthood...instead you swindled it away.

906 days ago

Mr. Bate    


906 days ago


Make her Doctor pay all her kid's expenses, the taxpayer should not have to pay her bills!!

906 days ago


If I were living in CA, I would be protesting outside this focking nutjobs house! Demanding she give back the money. She did it to herself. I would be pissed off!!

906 days ago


please , please , please, stay in california

906 days ago


I am glad to see that the children will have food on the table. There are other benefits which she may have already or will be getting soon. Cash aid, Section 8 housing, and of course, free medical care for the children. And I believe she's still receiving disability for the child with autism.

She can put the tups in the local Head Start program, where they will get free breakfast and lunch, while she looks for work, or goes to school, or does some type of community service. This is a requirement of receiving cash aid. I'm not sure if it also applies to food stamps.

Supposedly she has a bachelor's degree in child development. I'm beginning to wonder if this whole thing just wasn't some bizarre experiment where she could apply her "child raising" theories.

906 days ago
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