The following is the text from a message from HUD concerning the 2018 version of the LSA. The bottom line is due to the 2020 Data Standards, the 2018 version of the report no longer functions. It doesn't make sense to put resources into making it work since the 2019 version is in development.
Ideally, the LSA report should be available year-round for communities to put to use as needed, whether for local planning analysis or for meeting funder requirements, which HUD has stated as the LSA's purpose. However, the 2020 HMIS Data Standards release in October impacted the LSA report which led HUD to issue this announcement in November:
It has come to HUD’s attention that updates to the HMIS Data Standards that went into effect on 10/1/2019 have caused some issues with LSA reports generated after that date.
Due to changes to the Project Descriptor data elements and the response categories for Prior Living Situation and Destination data elements have caused the reports generated from HMIS to either fail or produce inaccurate results.
HUD is not asking vendors to make additional, interim adjustments to attempt to resolve this issue. HUD is currently working with vendors to update the LSA programming specifications and HDX 2.0 interface for the FY2019 data submission. These updates will take several months of programming work. It is HUD’s preference that vendors continue to focus their efforts on the broader reporting changes.
In the interim, please continue to use the FY2018 files you have already uploaded to conduct any analysis work that may useful to you, such as working with YHDP TA providers or other system planning activities. We apologize for the inconvenience and will work toward smoother transitions when there are Data Standards updates in the future.
During a January 2020 HMIS Vendors call, HUD shared the following LSA update, which was also published to the HMIS Leads & Admins hub:
This year – The specifications and data dictionary are delayed. We will update the LSA timeline during the next Vendor call. We anticipate the release of the specs and dictionary around that date.
Next year – HUD’s goal is to have no changes in the LSA specifications
We apologize for any inconvenience caused and look forward to HUD's specification updates regarding that report.