I understand what you are saying and likewise I'm uncomfortable knowing that a couple of miles away from the White House homeless veterans, families and teens are on the streets. And this is in a republic with an elected head of state. They're homeless due to a wide range of reasons: mental illness, domestic abuse, throwaways, runaways etc.. It's very complex. However I do know that when the POTUS and FLOTUS are hosting a white tie event for foreign dignitaries, that it is being done on behalf of my nation to foster good working relationships with other countries. Nations that might provide trade opportunities, employment etc.. for the U.S. Selling off the White House and its historic treasures will relieve things in the short term for a small percentage of people who may or may not desire to be homeless. (Yes there is a subgroup that doesn't wish to be housed.)
Now as I mentioned in my previous post, the government of the UK and its future head of state might have different ideas on how to host the annual Diplomatic Reception in the future. Perhaps there will be a more low key reception with finger foods or just a cocktails. These events will still continue to occur whether there is a constitutional monarch or an elected president. Even an elected head of state might decide that it makes more sense to continue using the palaces, their tables, china, glassware etc...for a white tie event for hosting foreign dignitaries who are posted to London. Changing out the Windsors for an elected head of state won't likely end the events being held in grand buildings nor will it likely end the issue of homelessness in the UK. I recently read about a young man from Italy who stated that he'd rather be homeless in London than live at home in Italy. The reason why...he has fewer prospects for employment in his home country, but in the UK there are more opportunities.
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All in all a good discussion that perhaps should be moved to a more appropriate forum such as the monarchy/republic one.