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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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AWWW! She had to take her kids out of private school. How sad that she now has to send her kids to public school like the rest of us. I have no sympathy for this train wreck but I do feel badly for her children. Can you imagine having her as a mother?

751 days ago


I believe Nadya is on welfare, and I believe she's still using the name Gutierrez despite the fact that her former husband M. Gutierrez has no relationship whatsoever to any of her children. But I have to ask: TMZ, how did you get access to her EBT card to photograph it? Is your pic a photoshop job? You didn't use the caption "TMZ Composite." If the card is real, who showed it to you? Nadya, her mother or her father?

Weren't Nadya's kids still in the private Christian school on March 23, when the 3rd grade had a field trip to San Diego Zoo? That day, Nadya took a celebrity pay-per-minute phone call from Jezebel mag, and said she was at the zoo with her daughter. Somebody also tweeted that they saw her there. So are her kids finishing up the school year at the private school? Or has Nadya taken them out of that school since March 23?

Sorry to hear the kids will have to give up their familiar school, but if Nadya couldn't even pay rent since last May or buy food, she had no business spending money on private school tuition.

751 days ago


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

750 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?

750 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.

750 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....

750 days ago


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

750 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.

750 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

750 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.

750 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.

750 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.

750 days ago

Mr. Bate    


750 days ago


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

750 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!!

750 days ago
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