This time last year, he spent a night sleeping rough and recorded his experience here on ConservativeHome.
The blueprint being launched today aims to go beyond dealing with homelessness purely as a problem of housing, but instead accepting the multi-faceted nature of homelessness. One key point which it aims to address is the way in which some released prisoners quickly re-offend because jail provides a roof over their heads.
Among the measures being proposed by the party, according to today’s newspapers, are:
- Criminals being made to save part of their prison pay to fund accommodation on their release;
- Ensuring that troops returning from the frontline are not put at the bottom of waiting lists for housing;
- Making rough sleeping statistics more accurate;
- Reforming benefits to make sure people were better off by getting a job.
This is how the Telegraph explains the scheme being proposed for prisoners:
"Under his proposal, most pay for prison work would go into a fund for victims, some kept for purchases behind bars and the rest put in a "trust". That money would partly be used to secure accommodation – probably in the private rented sector."
Mr Shapps was also keen to stress his aim to look after "heroic servicemen" who have served overseas:
"When people have put their lives at risk for the sake of our security it is a national disgrace that they can return from service with no certainty about their living conditions."
I’ll add a link to the more detailed proposals when they are published later this morning.
Update: You can now download the pdf document by clicking here or look at it and other documents about homelessness at Grant Shapps’ website. As Grant points out, there has been a cross-departmental approach on this document, so the sections relating to prisoners, for example, have involved Nick Herbert and the Justice team – some of whose ideas were put forward in their Prisons with a Purpose policy paper.