This week's presidential debate between Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden was more of a food fight than exchange of weighty policy issues. 

But that's left out some key issues for advocacy groups that affect basic tenants of life -- issues like affordable housing. 

And that's no small issue, given the economic crisis created by the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic has created a burgeoning homelessness crisis as well, according to the New York State Association for Affordable Housing.

“We were disappointed that last night’s debate did not address housing instability resulting from higher nationwide unemployment rates related to COVID-19 and the related economic downturn," said the group's president and CEO Jolie Milstein.

"Housing stability serves as the foundation of mental, physical, economic, and educational well-being. Millions of Americans do not have access to an affordable place to live and want to hear how the candidates plan to create equitable housing markets in their communities."

Republican Mike Pence and Democratic Sen. Kamala meet next week in the vice presidential debate.