"The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our perception of housing as a basic need.

The legislature’s housing committee debated legislation Thursday to make sure people don’t get evicted and are able to access housing.

“Many believe that housing should be a human right and we know at least the ability to have housing is one of the strongest predictors of people's quality of life,” Mark Abraham said.

Abraham, of DataHaven, a nonprofit that has interviewed more than 35,000 people in Connecticut, found only 2% of white adults feel they’ve been unfairly prevented from moving into a neighborhood, but that number increases to 10% for Black and Hispanic residents.