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Octomom

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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paul a.    

This is so sad. I'm guessing the next phase of this train wreck will involve Child Protection Services taking the kids away from her due to her inability to provide for them....

849 days ago
122.

Susan    

Octomom has been depleting our social security system for years. She is getting SSI for her handicapped kids, so at least each kid get 700 a month times how many kids are on SSI..I heard 5 were at least on SSI. She wante4d to be the next Kate Gosselin..and the world fame didn't produce the cash she had hoped for. Instead, the world just shows their disgust in her bad decisions. People won't care for her. nor support what she has done. Now the world gets to support her children and her. Feek sorry for those kids having to grow up with a looney tune for a mother. Octomom enjoy your wild children.

849 days ago
123.

Colorpurple    

So what! Halle Berry said she'd never marry again and said post-split she'll always love these men. NOT! This woman has children she must feed regardless of her poor choices. She's like millions of other poor women that have children while in poverty.

849 days ago
124.

Sarah    

Even though it's called State Assistance, it's still federally funded so everyone pays for it. How do I know this, because the father of my son who doesn't pay child support receives food stamps (for himself, and himself only) but I work and have his child and I've never qualified. Even when I made $8 an hour. So even though it's the California system, everyone pays. The system sucks and we all know it.

849 days ago
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jena    

First of all the reporter is NOT stating facts and misrepresenting the state of California, its Food Stamp program and Welfare program. "The money is deposited directly into a special debit card account (see above). The card can ONLY be used for food " It is not Money, it is food stamps and you can not buy non food items nor alcohol, energy drinks etc. How many people (families) that planned their kids fell on hard times and have had to use the welfare system to get by? why does it bother you so much that she is on assistance? because she planned her kids?If thats the case then you need to be mad with a lot of people. For the record, while on assistance if you get pregnant you do not receive further benefits for that new child EVER. SO IT DOES NOT PAY TO CONTINUE TO HAVE MORE KIDS! There is a Time Cap for any type of monetary assistance, and you have to work so many hours a week or be looking for work or be enrolled in schooling. It is NOT as easy as everybody thinks and it is not forever! It is there to help people temporarily PERIOD.

849 days ago
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jenny flem    

BLAME HER AND NOT HER CHILDREN IT SOUNDS MORE LIKE PEOPLE ON HERE ARE SAYING LET THEM STARVE WHATEVER SHE HAS TO DO TO FEED HER KIDS THEN GOD BLESS AND SAY A PRAYER COMPLAINING ABOUT TAX $ AND HOW MANY SHE HAS IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THOSE CHILDREN STARVING

849 days ago
127.

Shelby    

This can't possibly surprise anyone!

849 days ago
128.

jena    

First of all the reporter is NOT stating facts and misrepresenting the state of California, its Food Stamp program and Welfare program. "The money is deposited directly into a special debit card account (see above). The card can ONLY be used for food " It is not Money, it is food stamps and you can not buy non food items nor alcohol, energy drinks etc. How many people (families) that planned their kids fell on hard times and have had to use the welfare system to get by? why does it bother you so much that she is on assistance? because she planned her kids?If thats the case then you need to be mad with a lot of people. For the record, while on assistance if you get pregnant you do not receive further benefits for that new child EVER. SO IT DOES NOT PAY TO CONTINUE TO HAVE MORE KIDS! There is a Time Cap for any type of monetary assistance, and you have to work so many hours a week or be looking for work or be enrolled in schooling. It is NOT as easy as everybody thinks and it is not forever! It is there to help people temporarily PERIOD. If you get Child support it goes directly to the state to repay any monetary value , if you dont receive any then the DA goes after it for you because the state wants their money!!She will see $50 a month period , of child support if she receives any, thats not per kid thats just $50 a month the state takes the rest to repay the system. I am a very positive person and I try to hold true to that no matter what the cir***stances, but I am really tired ignorant RUDE people!! With that being said I really hope that one day you need help.

849 days ago
129.

jetfanglo    

only in america , octopu$$y

849 days ago
130.

Jennifer    

So basically, she's an honorary black person.

849 days ago
131.

cam    

Gutierrez? Welfare?.....Sounds about right

849 days ago
132.

tony    

Come on ! You can't be serious . how does this , obviously disturbed woman, get headlines once a week? Has anyone done a psychological profile of her? We should because i'll bet she is seriously deficient. Secondly , has anyone kicked around the idea this trollop had planned all this circus before she was pumped up with 8 eggs? seems to me she felt she could be famous. she had plastic surgery done, albeit bad, before the kids showed up and she was implanted with 8 eggs! She was trying to make a name for herself and get on Oprah ,i'm sure!! The doctor is equally as imbalanced . I believe he felt this endeavor would be great publicity for his clinic . Thankfully , it blew up in their faces but do we seriously need to keep seeing this "pig" in the news? The victims are two fold, those poor kids have a psychotic mother who can't raise them and have so much stacked against them there may be no chance of them all succeeding. Like water turtles , some of them are doomed from the start . Let's keep tabs on them through there live and see which ones overdose, or turn to crime and other unsavory lives.Besides now the state of Cali. is paying to raise them when this woman should deal with it! I never thought i'd have 14 kids to raise , did you america?!! Who cares what body parts she shows or movies she does,let her slip into obscurity. We all new she would crash and burn. now let the fire smolder and let the stench blow away . Normal society is the second victim. She is not a victim!! you can't be a victim when you screw yourself! This is what happens when humans have too much freedom, however , that being said , i would rather live in the beautiful U.S. of A than anyplace else on earth ? I guess with all the blessings we have here in the U.S. we are bound to step in terds along the way (and this hooker is a terd). At least i can find a curb to scrape it off on and continue on my merry ignorant way

849 days ago
133.

Bob22    

Typical American.

849 days ago
134.

Bruno    

She's been on one form of public assistance or another for years. From workers comp, student loans ( still not repaid), food stamps pre-tups, social security disability for 3 of the older kids, medi-cal while pregnant with the octuplets and now this again. No doubt there was WIC and a few other things in there, too. She's a joke, but we are the ones paying for it.through all of this, she has refused to work, even when she had full time nannies. She doesn't deserve sympathy nor compassion. This mess is of her own creation. I do feel sorry for her kids, but no more so than any of the other millions of kids who are in a tough spot. They live with a mentally ill mother with delusions of granduer. They have a tough road ahead of them. It's a shame CPS can't or won't step in to help them until it's too late.

849 days ago
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B    

It's only food, people. Do any of you have a CLUE how many people are having to use EBT now?? Yes, a lot of them do work...I wouldn't call this "welfare" in the normal sense. The number is staggering as to how many people use EBT now. Do your homework. Some people fall on hard times... not in this case, mind you, but it can happen. & karma's a bitch. Believe me.

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