Human Relations Commission Response to COVID-19.

Thank you for visiting our webpage. We are here to help.

The Human Relations Commission continues to provide all services via telephone, fax or email.

  • Currently our forms are not offered online, but you can email a request to and the document will be sent to you.
  • Intakes and complaints via phone and email.
  • RAWA Hardship applications can be submitted via email or fax.
  • Requests for utility and/or rental assistance will be reviewed on a case by case basis

We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.


Mission:  To prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation in accordance with the terms of the City's Human Relation Ordinance.

Location: Room 1-21

There are eight human relations commissioners that are appointed by the Mayor of Reading, PA. Those selected must be residents of the City of Reading and serve a four year term. The commissioners take an active part in enforcing the laws. Under article 155 of the City ordinance. Appointed by Mayor, Bill No. 4, February 14, 1968, amended by Bill No. 6-2002 March 13, 2002, expanding membership to 9, amended Bill 38, July 26, 2010 to include removal process.

155.04 Human Relations Commission

155.05 Powers and Duties of Commission

Meetings:  2nd Wednesday of Month@ 6:00 PM, City Hall, Human Relations Commission Office. No meetings held July, Aug, Dec


Liaison:  Kim Talbot, Executive Director 610-655-6141


Mayor w/Council Approval 7 members   4 year term  
Stacey Taylor 04/10/2017     02/14/2021
Karen Archie 06/19/2018     02/14/2022
Richard Wagner 01/12/2015   02/26/2018 02/14/2022
Valerie Phelps-Robinson 04/09/2012   05/09/2016 02/14/2020
Kathryn Cobb-Holmes 02/13/2006   06/05/2018 02/14/2022
Lisa Blount 02/13/2006   03/12/2018 02/14/2022
Zelda Yoder 08/10/2015     02/14/2019
Council Liaison - Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz 02/10/2020     02/10/2020