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Beyond heat or eat : street-level bureaucracy in rural Oregon energy relief Public Deposited

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  • Rising energy costs coupled with the diminishing incomes associated with rural economic restructuring leave an increasing proportion of rural households faced with the heat or eat dilemma--where families must choose between meeting one basic need over another, such as putting food on the table or keeping the heat on. Effective and sustainable energy relief programs are needed to move low-income families beyond the heat or eat dilemma and toward greater self-sufficiency, particularly in economically depressed rural areas. Over the past two decades, devolution has placed a greater emphasis on local solutions to social problems, yet the capacity in rural places to delivery critical services is often constrained by geographic distances, economy of scale priorities, limited organizational capacity, and community ideologies related to poverty and the poor. Using a case study approach and Lipsky's (2010) theory of Street-Level Bureaucracy as a framework, the failed implementation of Program Power was examined. Program Power, a novel rural Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), was designed as a holistic intervention and proposed the use of intensive case management as a means for moving low income families toward greater energy security and eventual self-sufficiency. This study makes use of existing qualitative data gathered during the EmPowering REAL Families (ERF) implementation study. In-depth interviews and observations with Program Power participants, staff, and community collaborators were examined. The analysis revealed how limited resources (too little time and money) and an organizational ethos about poverty that prioritized individual efforts (motivation and goals) for families who presented with complex needs created work place conditions conducive to the use of case manager discretion, while at the same time also made it difficult for case managers to respond to families using an individualized intervention. We document, in particular, how case managers, in response, used their discretion to make a series of changes to the program model. Findings thus provide insights into the ground-level challenges faced during the implementation of a rural social support program. Recommendations for policy and program changes are also discussed.
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