Rising costs and falling paychecks are the reasons many people are having trouble.
"My job was cut back in manufacturing, and so, [I'm] just having a tough time paying the bills," said homeowner Michael Miller.
"I have to work a lot of overtime, if you can get it to make it. You know, I have adult children that don't have jobs that I've co-signed for. I'm not in foreclosure, but I'm almost there," homeowner Debra Ross said.
"I think this is just a microcosm of the nation, and if we look, we'll see that cities all over are just like this," said Cook County Board President Todd Stroger.
Stroger organized Saturday's and said he expected to have other similar events at least through the end of the year.