March 28, 2008 Bush gives out wrong hotline number â again Posted: 04:00 PM ET (CNN) â When it comes to a government hotline number for homeowners seeking mortgage relief, President Bush just can't get the digits right. After a housing roundtable in New Jersey, Bush twice gave out the wrong number in a public statement, saying the relief line was 1-88-995-HOPE â leaving off the third 8 in the area code of the correct number: 1-888-995-HOPE. At the end of his statement, the president was quietly informed of his mistake and issued a correction. Bush had trouble with the same number in December when it was first unveiled. Then the president incorrectly said the number was 1-800-995-HOPE. Anyone who dialed 1-800-995-HOPE did not reach the mortgage hotline, but instead contacted the Freedom Christian Academy â a Texas-based group that provides Christian education home schooling material.