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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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Straight Talkin Texan    

I can't stand this know-it-all, stubborn, stupid B**CH! She just HAD TO have more babies, even though she had no clear way in sight to actually AFFORD to care for these kids!!! She is a perfect example of many of the things that are wrong with people in this country. SHE MAKES ME SICK!!!

902 days ago


Unless you've ever been poor and hungry you people will never understand! She never imagined herself in this situation, you never could. She didn't have all those kids to go on welfare, that much is clear, along with her good intentions. I feel so sorry for this poor woman. Her morals are sound, she's just struggling. It takes a toll on your mental health, being poor....Struggling to feed your children, feeling like you're not doing enough, can't pay the bills, I'm glad she's seeking relief. No one wants to pose topless when she calls herself, "Not normal." It's clear she is very concious of what others view her as. Give her a damn break. It's hard enough raising one child, let alone 14.

902 days ago

Concerned Mom    

LilVal, she didn't imagine herself in this situation? The woman who bought NO cribs or diapers, had done nothing to prepare for the birth of these babies? Guess she doesn't think a lot. Or "imagine".

902 days ago


She is so sweet and beautiful. I wish she would show off her gorgeous body more and get paid the millions she is worth! Love you, Nadya!!

902 days ago


does that stupid bitch call all the gossip outlet and report how screwed up her life is or maybe she thinks someone will feel sorry for her and give her a wad of cash for her to blow in a week. She should just give the kids up for adoption and join a circus as a freak show act.

902 days ago


Now that she's on welfare can they force her to get psychiatric treatment!

902 days ago


What makes you believe she wasn't using CA services all along? You really think she has purchasing health insurance for 15 people all these years? How about all those extras for her "special needs" children? Taxpayers have been supporting this scam artist already, what's the difference if she's getting food stamps too?

902 days ago

Someone's goldfish    

Is she getting any financial support from the father(s) of her first 6 kids? She should sue for child support and get some money at least. Her decision to get artificially inseminated given her previous situation (with 6 kids) still boggles the mind.

902 days ago


Thats what I make before taxes working a full time job with one child. And thats when were not slow. This saddens me

902 days ago


She is an example of why America is becoming a joke around the world.

902 days ago


Seriously, good for her for realizing she needs help. Yes she did make a RETARDED mistake by having all of those children, but she's owning up to her mistake and taking care of all of them the best way she knows how. At least she didnt give up on them and give them all away for adoption or sell them to Brad and Angie. Good for her for realizing that. Half of her children are mentally disabled, do you know how much it costs for that kind of care? I do feel sorry for this woman, she probably didnt think all of those eggs would survive, and somehow they all did. What do you people want from her? Leave her alone, she made her bed now she has to lay in it. And SHE DOESNT CARE! Leave her alone before she commits suicide and the rest of california has to deal with her 14 or 15 kids. Like go to ghetto in L.A, there's women there with like 10 kids by 10 different men and they're all on welfare. Big f*cking whoop, its never going to change.

902 days ago


"Advantage", eh? I guess it IS to her "advantage" for taxpayers to foot the bill.

902 days ago


"The more kids, the more you can make." And that is the problem -- we have been "rewarding" women for years. Keep getting pregnant, and we will keep dishing out the welfare. Let's start a deducation on welfare - each time you pop one out = less money. I bet the rate of reproduction would start to decline.

902 days ago


She should take the $100,000 deal now while she can because the only person that wants to see her in a porn movie is Mike from TMZ. The one person who should be embarassed is mikes wife what does that say about her when mike calls octo mom HOT?

902 days ago


Harvey how do you feel about supporting Mikes fantasy woman Octomom.

902 days ago
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