The affordable housing shortage in Fredericton has reached a critical juncture, according to one local housing specialist.

“It’s hitting the point where we are entering a crisis,” said Shelby MacIntyre of the John Howard Society of Fredericton.

MacIntyre spends her days trying to find housing for her clients that is affordable and safe. But rising rents, a low vacancy rate and a lack of new affordable housing units are combining to make her job more and more difficult.

In the last three months, she said she’s only been able to place six people — a far cry from when she started nearly two years ago.