There are a lot or different reasons why poverty in America is getting worse, but much to do with it, is the huge disparity of wealth that we seem to almost celebrate, while the broad range of family raising jobs has diminished significantly in the last x20-years. What Trump didn't tell you, before the Corona Virus hit, and all his "most jobs ever created", were part-time, gig-type work, warehouse work, and Amazon-type fulfillment work. Try raising a family on that! Yet, the US Stock market has been juiced-up to record highs, even with 8% un-employment, bc apparently we are OK with Jerome Powell and the Fed, creating $USD out of thin-air, to give to giant US Corporations so they don't lose a dime. This has only exacerbated the great wealth divide, and the uber-rich have gotten billions of dollars richer in this pandemic, thanks to a big kill-off of medium size, and most especially, Mom-and-Pop businesses. I don't think there's ever been a large wealth disparity in the history of the world, and the end result will be a breakdown of society, and real community. We've got to fight this neglect and abuse by the Billionaire classes, as many don't pay their fair share of taxes, and rather, use our resources, our land, our institutions, our very government, to game the system in their favor. Real democracy is about a Gov that works for The People, not the giant corporations.
The quality of life in America has descended and become impoverished on so many levels, not just financial, and yet the Billionaires are ratcheting-up their profits and their control of Government, while the working folks become de facto poor folks. Sad truth.
It will only get worse...if we don't start caring about People, Planet and Life, more than BDSM Capitalistic exploitation.