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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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LOL!!! TeamNadya must have got the boot, and she is now Sandy. First MsScarcia got the boot, now TeamNadya. Awww...if you played nice, it wouldn't happen.

903 days ago


sad world we live in, to see other peoples misfortunes as "news" TMZ shame on you, shame on me for reading this article. Hope her kiddies grow up to be better adults then we are..

903 days ago


Usually I don't think this site goes TOO far, but this is ridiculous! What a terrible invasion of privacy. As a california tax payer, I would rather my money go to this family, than the illegal family next door whos dad "dabbles in cocaine" in his own words.

903 days ago


Nadia Suleman is a train wreck. She loves/wants/needs the attention of having so many kids. I think she figured on getting a lucrative reality TV deal when she got pregnant with the octuplets and that would take care of her and her kids. It didn't happen and she's scrambling. She's not very likable and no one feels sorry for her, so she's going to be doing D list celebrity boxing or crap like that to pay the bills. She should have either taken the porn deal or sued the fertility doctor for malpractice.

903 days ago


This woman is a train wreck and I think she really thought she would be set for life with a reality TV deal when she was inseminated with so many embryos. When it didn't happpen, she was screwed. Like with Kate Gosselin before her, we have to ask what does an unlikable Reality TV mom need to do to support her family? She should have taken the $1 million and did the porn. She's already a media whore, so I don't see it as much of a reach for her.

903 days ago


Now she'll be seen out shopping everywhere & taking 1 or 2 kids to weekly Disney trips & waiting for some dumbazz to give her a house. Life's great for Octoscammer. Her poor, poor kids...

903 days ago

H. Hawkins    

Welcome to being a "Self-fulfilling Prophecy", Octomom! A situation in which you said you would never be. I guess "Never" isn't all that long for you.

903 days ago


In Canada, that information is private. Nobody can go and publically embarrass you like that. Americans have no compassion or dignity. The Global Hillbillies!

903 days ago

Rogue Warrior    

Yeah, big deal, now she's just like all the Lilolicious H8turds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

903 days ago


The kids should have been taken away at birth and given to families who could have afforded them. Dumb B***h!

903 days ago


It's too late. She can't get a job because there would be no one to take care of the kids. If she paid for daycare that would cost her way more then she could ever make working at a normal 9-5 job.

We all saw this coming granted but putting all of this personal info out there TMZ is not right because there are children involved who will one day see all of the things you say about their mom. It's bad enough their mom is totally messed up but take into account the kids.

BTW: I know how she had the 8 kids but what was the cir***stances surrounding the other conception of the other 6 children?

903 days ago


I think Nayda thought she would get a reality show with 14 kids. After all the Duggars have one and they have more kids than she has. I thought for sure TLC would give her a show. With those many kids and no help there is no way a 9-5 job would be enough for her and 14 kids to live on. I fell for her....I really do.

903 days ago

Happy in Florida    

Californians Stop bitching about it and go pay your taxes. LMAO.

903 days ago


a mexican with 14 kids taking more of our states money. Not at all surprised.

903 days ago


This case has always been disturbing and disgusting on so many levels. She is obviously mentally unstable and should not have any children, much less an infestation of 14, many of whom are retarded and disabled, probably genetically caused...she should have been fixed long ago. And now, as we all knew would happen, she is back on welfare...and boo hoo, had to cancel private school for her little bastards, costing $4000 a month...and bastards here is a real deserved term, no fathers around, no marriage...she is an irresponsible breeder and both she and the various fathers and the doctor who gave her the last 8 should all be in jail! Where are the fathers of the first 6 brats, why no child support??? The state should take all of the kids, find decent homes for them, and get her spayed like the bitch she is, perhaps the local vet would do it for free as a public service.

903 days ago
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